Physical Preparation Program

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Why, What and How?

The program is focused around introducing correct technique, teaching our players how to use their physical abilities and build confidence in their body.

Designed with making our players more robust and introducing them to the concept of physical preparation, under professional supervision. The program slowly builds as the player becomes more experienced, skilled and stronger in their movement patterns.

The training programs are designed to be total body focused, with exercises for whole body development and core strengthening. Not until a player has adequate experience and is over the age of 16 will we consider introducing a specialised program focused solely on Football.
The benefits of the total body program is the crossover to many different activities, and its non-specialised focus, reduces the chances of overuse injuries occurring.

Growth spurts will be monitored and when occurring volume and intensity will be decreased. Each player will be treated on an individual basis depending on how their body responds and feels.

Robust Players

Many football related injuries can be avoided and our program sets out to achieve this through teaching a variety of skills and exercises and strengthening the players body… essentially getting them ready to participate.

Led by the Head of Physical Preparation, Jason St Clair Newman, the players are continually assessed and given guidance as to how to use their body to spend more time on the pitch with a focus on;

1. Flexibility.
2. Balance and Co-ordination work.
3. Posture.
4. Correct techniques for strengthening their body at the appropriate level for their age and ability.

Programs are used to help the player concentrate on their own personal weaknesses and strengths. We are currently in the process of trialling an online programming process which will allow players to track and record their progress.

The physical development of children is a growing industry, professionals worldwide have noticed this, and are providing specialty training in sports for children across all age groups.

This has the potential to be very positive or very negative depending on the coach, the child and the rate of development that is expected.

Kids aren’t adults.

Coaches sometimes forget children are not mini-adults, and utilise drills and exercises too advanced for their current physical ability, often resulting in poor exercise technique, learning the incorrect way to use their bodies and possible injury.

This often leads to a negative view of physical preparation and your child dropping out. On the positive side coaches who take into account each individual’s rate of development, age, and ability, often get the best results, and the child instead develops a positive view of healthy activity, and often performance improves as a result of this.

At the academy we care about every player, and it is important to us that we provide the highest level of care for your child, and develop them at a rate that keeps them robust and injury-free, enjoying their football, and teaching them how to control their body.

Instead of fitness training, we use the term Physical Preparation.
We use this term as we focus on more than a child’s wants, requiring a program that addresses all aspects of healthy performance across many different aspects.

This is why we have introduced the concept of levels. Once your child has attained a certain level of ability, we introduce a new set of challenges which allow us to begin building on and developing the fundamentals that will lead to performance in a safe and consistent way.

Technique, technique technique…

During training at each level, technique is the guiding principle, if technique for an exercise cannot be shown or maintained the drill is adjusted or stopped depending on the goal for that session.

At each level, your child will need to competently perform the required exercises with good technique and understanding, before we will advance them to the next stage. This allows for each child to develop at their own pace with our guidance. What it means for us at the academy, is each child’s program is individualised and monitored constantly so they can continually improve and set new goals.

Zero Tolerance for Non Contact Injury.

As you know, there are aspects of the game where injuries cannot be avoided, such as the tackle ball situation in which the player being tackled cannot control what the opposition does. However, we believe there are aspects which can be avoided and this is in the area of non-contact injuries.

Within football the most common are ankle, hamstring and groin injuries.

We have set the hefty goal of Zero Tolerance on non contact injuries, which is why we have our counter running on this page to show you how we are going at our trainings and games. Our focus is on your child’s foremost needs, staying injury free, and enjoying the game.

What if my child already has an injury when they enter our academy?

It is the priority of our Physical Preparation coaches in conjunction with our Medical team to address this first and all aspects of their program will be adjusted to individualise the recovery.

What if an injury occurs during the season?

Our medical team or the child’s regular medical advisor will be the first to take care of the program (in agreement with the parent(s), working with the physical preparation coaches to ensure complete healing takes place.

Certain criteria are used to determine when and to what extent the child can begin training again and before we reintroduce them back into a regular training schedule.

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