Over the past few months I have had what feels like dozens of conversations with many parents, peers, athletic trainers and coaches about the increased incidence of injury in female athletes, especially to the knee joint. Now, each person I spoke with developed their own theory on why this occurs, but one thing we all agreed on was this: There is a lack of training opportunities for the female athlete. PERIOD!
One of the biggest mysteries to me is why aren't these opportunities there for these girls? Especially when you consider the facts:
In order to correct this, these young athletes need opportunities. I have met and worked with dozens of girls who are going to college for athletics but have never stepped foot into a weightroom or have been coached on the fundamentals of speed & agility development. This is concerning. I believe that most lower body injuries can be prevented. Unfortunately we cannot make these injuries go away for good but we are able to reduce the incidence rate.
Here is how we do it:
Which brings me on to something that I am really excited about. This summer Brickhouse Strength Performance Camps will be offering a speed camp designed specifically for the female athlete aged 7-14 (high school training opportunities will be held separate). This camp will take place at Saucon Valley High School and will begin on July 17th and end on July 20th. Each session will begin at 9 am and end at 11 am. Over the course of these four days, athletes will be coached on a variety of skills with a focus being placed on the three aforementioned areas: leg & core strength; neuromuscular training; and landing mechanics. They will also be instructed on speed technique, agility training, and conditioning to get them prepared for the upcoming season.
If you have any questions, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to register, click the button below:
I hope to see you all in July!
Chris is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has recently served as a high school football and wrestling coach. Chris loves swinging kettlebells around, watching football and reading books!