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An absolute must-have for any coach or PE teacher. Learn the secrets and the science behind training young athletes to achieve their personal best, no matter what their ability level.

The Peak Performance Guide to Coaching Young Athletes has just been compiled by our team of coaches, senior athletes and fitness specialists. The recommended retail price of this insightful guide is $59.99, but we are offering it to you for only $34.99 (£21.69)! You save 42%!

Why most trainers need to rethink their strategy

When you open your copy of The Peak Performance Guide to Coaching Young Athletes, you'll see our specialist workbook has one focus: how to bring out the best in children and young adults and help them to achieve their athletic potential.

There is a major reason for publishing this work at this time. Most trainers, schools and clubs need to re-think their strategy -- or their young athletes will never reach their full potential.

The purpose of this new book is to help coaches become aware of the kinds of training that are right for young athletes and the kinds of training that aren't.

Readers will learn where so many trainers go wrong.

We begin with some words of wisdom from coach Raphael Brandon:
"Remember, do not treat young athletes as adults in miniature."

We cannot afford to ignore this advice. The training theory and coaching methods used for most young athletes are based on the physiology of adults. This is because adult training has been extensively studied. That' s where the knowledge lies and it often fails to take younger age-groups into consideration.

This invariably creates a problem because, in fact, the exercise physiology of children is different from that of adults. Children are not mini-adults. Rather, they have a developing physiology, from early childhood to late adolescence.
This means they have different capabilities for, and adaptations, to, exercise. For this reason, young athlete training programmes should not be just scaled-down versions of adult training.

The failure to establish correct training patterns for young athletes, unfortunately, goes way back.

Now is the time to reverse the failure of our schools and clubs to encourage young athletes. Physical education has as its central premise the idea that children should be guided through a range of sports by someone who is not a specialist in most of them. Underlying this premise is the belief that each child will find a sport in which he or she has some ability.

However, experience tells us that this is rarely so. What actually happens is that physically gifted children dominate almost every activity, while those at the other end of the physical spectrum encounter little but failure. This is because achieving competence in any sport invariably takes time - time which is not normally available within the PE curriculum.

Thus we have syllabi that outline a certain level of technical development at age 12, another at 13, and so on. Now, while it is true that a girl of 13 is fairly likely to be able to throw a javelin further than she could at 12, her performance will not necessarily be technically superior.

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Breaking the cycle of decline by building core skills
Whether children are training in a club or as part of the school curriculum, provision must be made for intelligent practice away from coach or teacher.

And for practice to work there must be lots of it. For example, anyone who has ever taken up a sport like tennis knows that it takes some time before it is possible, even with coaching, to sustain a collaborative five-stroke rally.
While practice does not make perfect, it does make permanent. Work on core skills needs a great deal of repetition, in the process of which the percentage of inferior efforts gradually diminishes, before competence is achieved. And without competence there is little hope of pleasure, which is, after all, what sport is all about.

The myth of annual technical progression

Another aim of our new workbook is to smash the myth of inevitable annual technical progression.
Imagine that you were taken to a golf-driving range and coached through 50-odd balls, then did no golf for a year. On returning to the range a year later, would you really expect to be any more technically proficient? Of course not!
To return to our school example, technical skills achieved year on year within curricular time are likely to be fairly static, simply because of lack of repetition.

Because performance outcomes in PE are never tested, we have little means of knowing what level of technique a child has achieved as a direct product of his school experience. Alas, the empirical evidence offers little in the way of encouragement. Experience tells us few A-level PE students can claim to master even the most rudimentary athletics technique.

The coaching of young athletes at club level is little better. This does not mean there may not be oases of good practice in schools and clubs - only that they are not the norm.

No child enjoys lack of competence and, without enjoyment, there is no prospect of children continuing in sport beyond school. By laying the foundations, The Peak Performance Guide to Coaching Young Athletes will increase the prospect of greater adult participation in sport. We will give our children roots to grow and wings to fly. Here is a chapter by chapter breakdown of the information you'll find in this insightful guide to one of the most important jobs you'll ever undertake:

Coaching Basics 1 - Why child athletes cannot be treated like miniature adults

Coaching 2 - Technical proficiency and training young athletes

Boosting Performance - A youth rugby coach explains how he uses sports psychology to raise his players' game

Training 1 - The most effective endurance training for kids

Training 2 - The most effective strength training for kids

More on Resistance Training - What age is best for this type of training?

The Nitty Gritty - Encouragement and support without pressure is the key with kids

What the Scientists Say - Can creatine work for young performers?

What the Scientists Say - Young female athletes should not stop menstruating

What the Scientists Say - How training boosts endurance capacity in young children

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