I saw something on twitter the other day

 

It was someone saying that there needed to be a lot more strength and conditioning coaches in schools to help kids

 

And a few years ago big fella I would have agreed with this

 

We have spoke a lot about how 13,14,15 year olds are coming into academies and their ability to move is horrendous

 

Its absolutely mind blowing when you see these kids who should be able to still do pretty much anything physical be stumped by the simplest movements

 

Some of the worst scores on the movement testing are from the youngest kids

 

So on the face of it more S&C’s you think would help

 

But here is the flip side

 

My profession is not in a great place when it comes to working in sport

 

It seems to be filled with robots who come out with the 5 commandments which are etched on their brains that everyone has to do

 

Squat

 

Deadlift

 

Press

 

Pull

 

High level sprint

 

And of course these are all important things to be able to do

 

But they need to be done well

 

It worrys me seeing these new keen strength and conditioning coaches floating around with their laptops and gym aware kit

 

They are desperate to get kids lifting ASAP and try to justify their jobs with gym numbers

 

The programs I see them give kids look remarkable similar to those giving to professional rugby players

 

And there is a world if difference between the 2

 

I wince when seeing a young kid doing deadlifts with their back arched like a cat

 

A barbell squat with knees buckling in and pelvis all over the place

 

For me instead of getting more S&C coaches, use the time to help kids move better

 

Increase what they do in PE, more rolling, landings, jumping, stopping

 

The things we used to take for granted

 

Just lifting these kids will make the issues worse, and the only people benefitting will be Surgeons and physios

 

Lets be smarter

 

Or at least hold these people to some level of accountability

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

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