Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
The International Youth Conditioning Association is currently promoting its new coaching manual the Ultimate Athletic Development Playbook. The young athlete development manual is now available for free instant access.
Over the past several years, the International Youth Conditioning Association has become the world’s leading youth fitness organization. The organization remains the most influential force in youth training as a result of its dedication to promoting the current best practices in youth fitness.
“A lot of youth fitness trainers and coaches come to us because they don’t know how to train kids in a way that suits children’s unique athletic development needs,” says Pat Rigsby, co-owner and CEO of the International Youth Conditioning Association.
“What many youth sports coaches and trainers fail to understand is that young athlete development means designing programs that go beyond just being imitations of programs for adults,” Rigsby continues. “Kids need trainers to meet them at their level of athletic development.”
Rigsby, a former college baseball coach, notes that the IYCA has built its reputation on promoting the principles of comprehensive young athlete development. “Kids fitness is about developing the entire athlete, not just drilling on specific exercises.”
It is the hope of Rigsby and his partners at the IYCA that the new free giveaway will help youth athlete trainers and coaches get better at training kids.
“What the Ultimate Athletic Development Playbook offers is a great 50 page introductory manual to the core concepts of young athlete development,” Rigsby’s business partner and IYCA co-owner Nick Berry says.
Among the youth fitness training topics covered in the manual are methods for training explosive strength in high school athletes. Additionally, the manual discusses ways to make athletes faster, integrating flexibility and mobility work into programs, and dozens of other strategies to become a more effective youth fitness coach.
“Children and parents look to their youth sports coaches as the go to experts when it comes to training,” Berry says. “Sadly, most youth trainers out there aren’t actually staying knowledgeable about trends in athlete development and how to safely train athletes to get better as they get older.”
Though the IYCA describes the free book as an introductory manual, Rigsby and Berry stress that it is essential reading for youth sports coaches and trainers of all levels. Despite years of experience training kids, many trainers may be unfamiliar with the concepts the IYCA promotes.
“The IYCA takes a long-term approach to young athlete development that many trainers don’t really give much thought,” Rigsby says. “A lot of trainers focus on a particular sport or set of exercises and then let the kid go home after the session.”
While such behavior is common, the IYCA takes a much deeper approach to developing athletes. “The principles of athlete development contained in this book show that athletes need training that will help them get better at all phases of athletic development.”
For more information on the Ultimate Athletic Development Playbook, visit: http://completeathletedevelopment.com/
About Pat Rigsby and Nick Berry: Pat Rigsby and Nick Berry are the co-owners of Fitness Consulting Group, a leading business development consulting firm within the fitness industry.
The IYCA is part of the Fitness Consulting Group family of companies. It is the world’s leading authority in the fields of youth fitness, youth conditioning, and youth athletic development.
To learn more about the IYCA, visit http://iyca.org