Last week I announced this but we’re bumping the dates by a week as I may not be back from a distant soccer tourney (betting on the team to win all 3 prelim games and play a final game in St Louis Sunday afternoon!!) in time for the Sunday night sessions and have a church commitment on Monday. So here again is the article .. this is some really key stuff for parents of teen athletes. Lets’ do what we can to equip ourselves with knowledge about the risks and how to mitigate them!
As the parent of at least a couple pretty promising athletes, having been a minor big fish in a small pond once upon a time myself and having coached youth sports in one form or another for about three decades, I’d say I have a bit of an edge looking into the crystal ball and deciding how likely it was a kid was going to get hurt at some point competing in whatever happens to be their sport du jour. While we can’t truly predict much of anything in this world,
there are certainly more than a few telltale signs that a young athlete is on a dicey path with regards to suffering a injury. Maybe it’s pain they can (“should” is another topic…) play through or maybe it is a season ending injury. Maybe it involves medical intervention, even surgery. Wouldn’t a little advance intel be helpful??
Here’s the deal … every parent with a young athlete that plays with any sort of reasonable intensity (and in this neck of the woods, they all do, right?) should have some awareness of their athletes general strengths and weaknesses. But what about that stuff that most won’t recognize? Maybe the coaches see it and maybe they don’t. We focus an awful lot these days on sport specific technical and tactical skills. Though a few coaches try to put some teeth behind making sure the kids are better rounded athletes, it tends to be a the last few minutes or training and little to no attention is paid to the mechanics of the exercises.
What if you could know a little more? What if getting that info was free? I wan’t to help you. The evenings of November 9th-11th, I will be running injury risk assessments (IRA) for teen athletes. These are free. Athlete (with parent input) completes a brief survey and goes through a 20 minute series of about a dozen exercises. A day later parents receive a report pointing out strengths and weakness with some recommendations on how to maximize the strengths and how to address the weakness. Interested? Complete the form below. I’ll send you a link to sign up for a specific time block in the evening on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday (if those times don’t work for you, we’ll figure something else out!) and a survey to complete and bring in. Simple. Quick. Free.