The Fit Life – 2019.7 – 3 Tips for Athlete Development Success
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing. “
A message to our Future Stars! We all know that playing sports as a kid is so incredibly beneficial to our development as a person. It helps us develop team work and work ethic, it helps us cope with adversity and conflict and teaches us commitment and sacrifice!
BUT the questions we all wish we had answered as young stars were:
- How do I become the best athlete possible?
- Keep my body healthy and strong?
- Plus continue to love the process of training, practicing and playing as I grow and develop?
Ok, maybe just the first question, but parents wonder all the others no doubt.
At LP, we have met many great athletes over our years as players and now as coaches and we have followed these athletes throughout their journeys and have documented their keys to success in detail along the way! Today we are going to share with you our insight that we use and trust with our future stars. We have broken them down into three simple categories:
Stay Motivated & Inspired
We all know athletes that burn out by the age of 15, lose their love for their sport and sometimes fall into the social temptations of his/her teenage years!
- LP’s most successful athletes LOVE the game! They love training, practices and games! They understand the importance of all components.
- LP’s most successful athletes have long-term dreams, goals and vision that keeps them focused year after year! Without goals and a plan it is easy to lose focus.
- LP’s most successful athletes are great students, teammates and are very coachable. They seek feedback and respond well to constructive criticism because they know it will make them better.
Performance, Health & Strength
Injuries can get in the way of your success. Some injuries are unavoidable but way too often we see over-use injuries and nagging injuries that slow an athlete down.
- As a young athlete it is important to play a variety of sports. We encourage athletes to play multiple sports up until high-school. Playing multiple sports keeps the love for sports at a high and it keeps the athlete’s body versatile and resilient to injury and over-training.
- As an athlete’s body is growing and changing, it is crucial to include strength and conditioning training into their routine. Training keeps muscle balance, improves flexibility and boosts performance through power and strength.
- In-Season – 1-2 Strength & Conditioning Sessions
- Off-Season – 3-5 Strength & Conditioning Sessions
- Multi-Sport counts as a “Training” Session until athletes are focused on only one sport
Prioritize Recovery & Nutrition
Way too many athletes get sick at the worst time of the season, lose weight and strength in-season and inevitably their performance suffers as a result. This can all be prevented!
- Sleep! 8 hours is not enough for an athlete! To perform at your best, you need to average 10 hours of sleep. This may not be possible every day, but you can make up for it with naps and extra sleep on off days.
- Recovery! Massage, Stretching, Foam Rolling, Injury Prevention (PRE-Hab).
- Stretching and Foam Rolling can be done everyday immediately following training, practices or games to maintain muscle and joint health.
- Massage on a bi-weekly or monthly basis is crucial to prevent muscle and joint stiffness, which reduces performance and leads to injury.
- Injury Prevention (PRE-Hab) is a new area of focus for athletes which is a form of physiotherapy that includes stretching of overused muscle groups and strengthening of underused muscle groups to maintain health and performance long-term.
If you want to be the best athlete you can possibly be, join the community of LP Athletes in 2019 and take your game to the NEXT LEVEL! Check out what LP Athlete’s believe it takes to get to the NEXT LEVEL.
Adam Dauda – Colgate University,NCAA Div. I
- Take Risks – Make the right choice for your career, not the easy one.
- Keep Grinding – You will have setbacks & stumbles. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
- Always Stay Hungry – Don’t get comfortable. Always strive to move forward & get better.
Mitch Atkins – Elmira College, NCAA Div. III
- Set Goals – Short & long-term. Create a step-by-step plan. Adjust plan as you go. Plans keep you on track.
- Eat, Sleep, Train – Establish and create routines. Over time those routines will become habits.
- You are your own Brand – Coaches & scouts recruit good hockey players and good people.
Andrew McIntyre – St. Lawrence Univ, NCAA Div. I
- Play for YOU – It’s not about the scouts. Focus on team first. Only thing you can control is your own play.
- Play YOUR Game – Identify what you are best at and focus on only that.
- Take your TIME – Don’t get caught up in the “dream”. Focus on the process. Not the outcome.
Luke Bignell – Barrie Colts,OHL
- Work Ethic – When coaches and scouts are watching & when they aren’t watching.
- Goal Setting – Set Goals & find a Motivator to keep you focused on your goals.
- Sacrifice – If you want to be successful you need to be willing to make sacrifices in your life.