Strength and Conditioning in the High School Athlete

Last week, we discussed when it is appropriate for an athlete to start a strength and conditioning program. The older the athlete gets the more serious they become in their sport and those athletes that are stronger and faster begin to separate themselves from the pack. Our experience with high school athletes in Massachusetts, and Rhode Island validates this observation. By the time an adolescent athlete enters high school they usually decide on playing one or two sports. During the off season is a perfect time to introduce a strength and conditioning program. 

If an athlete has a strong foundation of movement, more advanced movements can be introduced. At this point, training for strength and power is introduced by utilizing barbell movements, such as back squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press, and many other dumb belll movements. Training for power is introduced by teaching olympic lift variations, plyometrics, and medicine balls. Training for power is most effective by training with light loads at a high speed so moving with intent is the focus. 

In our next blog post we’ll take a look at “sport specific” training and athlete development. If you’re interested in learning more about our sports performance (ages 12+) program, schedule a free trial class today! 

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