It is essential to understand the demands placed onto the body when working in a sports physical therapy, injury rehabilitation, and performance training setting.
Sports and weight training require athletes to control the body when moving rapidly.
If an athlete wishes to own the “stack” (stacking of our head, rib cage and pelvis over one another) and protect their lower back they must be capable of doing so when performing high velocity movements.
When youth athletes first train, we use medicine ball drills to teach this ability.
The medicine ball chest pass is a great drill to teach this capability. During this the drill, the athlete is generating enough velocity to propel the ball into the wall and back. As this occurs, it can be easy to lose the “stack” requiring the athlete demonstrate a higher of level of body control.
After mastering the chest pass, it is time to bring the arms overhead. More trunk strength and control are required with this movement and the ability to manage intra-abdominal pressure is further challenged. Check out this exercise here.
These are just a couple of the exercises that we incorporate into the training sessions and warmups for our youth athletes.
If you interested in learning more about the summer training options for youth athletes at CHP, please contact us!