National Strength and Conditioning Association Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development
Lloyd RS, Cronin JB, Faigenbaum AD, Haff GG, Howard R, Kraemer WJ, Micheli LJ, Myer GD, Oliver JL. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Jun;30(6):1491-509. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001387.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association has released a position statement related to long-term athletic development. The goal of the authors was “to critically synthesize existing literature and current practices within the field and to compose a relevant position statement…. A list of 10 pillars of successful long-term athletic development are presented, which summarize the key recommendations…. With these pillars in place, it is believed that the NSCA can (a) help foster a more unified and holistic approach to long-term athletic development, (b) promote the benefits of a lifetime of healthy physical activity, and (c) prevent and/or minimize injuries from sports participation for all boys and girls.”
The youth population needs guidance in developing athletically. Educating these kids and parents will help the athlete be physically prepared to decrease the risk of overuse injury. Most kids today fail to meet the proper daily recommendations for exercise and giving them guidelines will not only help them develop athletically, but will also increase their general health.