In a new longitudinal study covering 28 countries, researchers found that kids are running slower than their parents.
About 90 seconds slower than in a mile run.
There’s obvious problems with this. A lot can be traced to overweight issues caused by poor diets and lack of exercise. And there’s obvious health problems caused by this.
But what about you as a soccer or basketball coach? Or any other youth sports coach. How does this affect you and your team?
I think that one of the reasons kids are slower is because they don’t move as much as we used to. And they don’t do it from an early age. It isn’t one year of inactivity. It’s the 8 previous years a nine year old didn’t move.
They don’t get the same physical benefits. Their muscles, bones and neuromuscular system doesn’t develop efficiently. Not only will they be slower…they won’t have the endurance.
Any coach who is working with young kids and athletes should be working on developing their running skills. You need to teach running technique as well as using training techniques that will affect their motor systems.
Teaching a few drills to work on posture, leg strike/recovery and rate will go a long way to making your team faster.
And doing short sprints at fast pace (80, 85, 90, 95%) will improve their conditioning.
Just thinking that playing during the game or practice and doing long runs will make them faster is a mistake.
I wrote an ebook that I’m giving away if you want more tips and techniques on how to teach running technique to your team.
It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out affair.
You don’t need to be an expert running or track coach.
You’ll see results quickly and it will improve all aspects of their game.
Send me an email or make a comment and I’ll send you the ebook. I’m in the process of rewriting it but it’s still a great little book.