Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
Youth sports training organization the International Youth Conditioning Association has just given out 42 youth training certifications in the month of July. The certifications are available to youth fitness professionals who pass rigorous training courses.
“One of the biggest problems in youth fitness today is that people are coaching kids without first having any real qualifications,” IYCA co-owner Nick Berry says. “A lot of times coaches are former players, but this doesn’t mean they have the most up to date knowledge about how to train children safely and effectively.”
Because of the lack of oversight in the youth fitness community, the International Youth Conditioning Association began offering certification programs aimed at improving the quality of youth sports training available to young athletes.
“Over the last several years, the fitness industry has seen a remarkable rise in the prominence of kids fitness programs and youth sports,” says Berry’s business partner and IYCA CEO Pat Rigsby.
“While in the past these subheadings of the industry have been lumped together with adult training, the IYCA has spearheaded the drive for more specialized youth trainers and coaches,” Rigsby continues. “I am proud of the fact that we here at the IYCA have made a lot of progress toward revolutionizing the youth fitness and sports performance industries.”
To that end, the IYCA now offers multiple training certifications geared toward different aspects of youth training.
In the month of July, the IYCA awarded 19 of its Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1 training certifications and 1 of its Youth Fitness Specialist Level 2 certifications.
Additionally, 6 certifications were given out for the IYCA’s Youth Nutrition Specialist certification and 8 for the High School Strength and Conditioning Coach certification.
Lastly, 8 people were certified for the IYCA’s Youth Speed and Agility Specialist certification, bringing the total number of certifications awarded during the month of July to 42.
“Our mission is to change the lives of the kids we work with,” Rigsby continues. “But first we have to start by changing the way kids are trained. The IYCA has done this by educating youth sports trainers on how to properly train their young athletes in a variety of methodologies.”
Rigsby and Berry, while placing children’s safety and success above all else, also concede that the IYCA’s certification programs are also a good business practice for youth fitness coaches and trainers.
“In the fitness industry, credentials mean a lot,” says Rigsby. “People need to know that you have taken the time to dig deep into a subject and can teach and train it well. This is even more important when it comes to kids, as parents don’t want just anybody working with their children.”
The IYCA is now offering the following certifications: Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1, Youth Fitness Specialist Level 2, Youth Fitness Specialist Level 3, Youth Speed and Agility Specialist, Youth Nutrition Specialist, and High School Strength and Conditioning Coach.
About Pat Rigsby and Nick Berry: Pat Rigsby and Nick Berry are 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