Key takeaways for me from this practical demonstration and knowledge sharing.
– Mobility aims to change the perception that athletes feel better and more supple, rather than leading to adaptations.
– Use your warm-up sets with purpose, address mobility issues in the warm-up and work on mobility, where you need mobility. Pretty common sense, but common sense is not always common practice. If you need more mobility in the Front Squat, work on that mobility in the Front Squat.
– Work on the desired movement pattern you want to improve by doing this movement pattern, which ties in with the previous point. An example of this you can find in the article How to get a stronger Back Squat in 7 steps where the basic idea is, if you want to Back Squat more you need to Back Squat.
Youth Strength Training Articles
Frontiers in Physiology published Effects of Resistance Training in Youth Athletes on Muscular Fitness and Athletic Performance: A Conceptual Model for Long-Term Athlete Development a bit of a heavy read for those who are not familiar with reading scientific literature. The bottom-line, appropriate resistance training / strength training is safe for children. Strength training should be designed via the use of free weight and multi-directional and multi-planar movements.
EliteFTS looked at Strength Training for Young Athletes — Safety, 1RM Testing, Growth Plates, and Testosterone evaluating safety of resistance training for children and youth athletes and concluding, appropriate training is safe and beneficial.
Plyometric Training Articles
The Youth Basketball Coaching Association explained The Effects of Frontal- and Sagittal-Plane Plyometrics on Change-of-Direction Speed and Power in Adolescent Female Basketball Players a good example of the application of plyometrics / plyometric training in youth Basketball, not only to enhance jumping ability, but also change of direction speed.
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
BreakingMuscle shared Women: Protect Your Knees With the Sprinter Stance Squat showing how to implement a good article of a variation of the Squat, the Sprinter Stance Squat. It’s worth noticing, that even though it’s a great exercises / squatting variation, it’s difficult to overload after a certain point / strength level.
Power Clean and Power Snatch Articles
Catalystathletics showed cool training impressions from their Summer Training Camp