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Mobility Training for the Young Athlete

Brooks, Toby PhD, ATC, CSCS1; Cressey, Eric MA, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182823435
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Abstract

ABSTRACT: CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIVE EXERCISE TECHNIQUES EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE MOVEMENT ABILITY AND SOFT TISSUE EXTENSIBILITY ARE NOW RELATIVELY COMMON IN MOST STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAMS. DESPITE DEMONSTRATED POTENTIAL FOR PERFORMANCE DEFICIT, PREACTIVITY FLEXIBILITY TRAINING HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AND CONTINUES TO BE USED BY MANY SPORT COACHES. PARTICULARLY, IN THE DEVELOPING ATHLETE, THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY TRAINING ARE SIGNIFICANT. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO DEFINE MOBILITY AND DISCUSS THE PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF INCORPORATING MOBILITY MOVEMENTS, DRILLS, AND EXERCISES INTO PROGRAMMING FOR YOUNG ATHLETES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE.

Author Information

1Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, Texas

2Cressey Performance, Hudson, Massachusetts

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Toby Brooks is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. He also serves as director of Research and Education for the International Youth Conditioning Association.

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Eric Cressey is the president and cofounder of Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson.

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