The area of youth athletics has changed drastically over the course of the last few decades and athletes are always looking to develop a competitive edge. One of the best ways to gain an advantage is to improve in the areas of strength, speed, power production, agility, and movement capacity. At Watts Performance, I am dedicated to helping athletes of all ages perform better while reducing their risk of injury. I have trained athletes from:
- Track & Field
- Cross Country & Half and Full Marathon
What can athletes, parents, and coaches expect from training with me?
Initial and ongoing assessments
It is important to develop a baseline for each athlete to determine current fitness and movement levels and set goals based on those initial assessments. Assessments include: height, weight, body fat, circumference, joint ranges of motion, and various movement assessments. Additionally, I constantly monitor and communicate with our athletes to determine if any modification or special treatment is needed.
Short-term and year-round programming
Some athletes come to train following a college season or during the summer to prepare for the upcoming season while others choose to train year-round so I can monitor their training in-season and off-season. The top priority is to provide a long-term athletic development (LTAD) approach to training which includes: injury prevention and recovery, strength and power development, and agility and speed qualities necessary to excel on the pitch, court, field, or in the pool. Whatever the scenario, I provide high quality, well planned programming for all athletes.
Injury risk reduction
Playing sports brings with it the potential of repetitive movement, overuse, and the occasional contact injury. Combine this with athletes playing a single sport on multiple teams, numerous weekly practices, and less time to recover, and you have a recipe for pain and injury. I pay special attention to the specific needs of the athlete and the demands of their sport to provide them with safe and effective injury prevention and correction strategies. Additionally, the stresses of youth athletics extend past the field of play to include: school / exams, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, relationship problems, college entrance, etc. My training philosophy takes in to account the ups and downs of being a teenager and I adjust training and recovery focus depending on the overall health of each athlete each day they show up for training.
Movement dysfunction correction
Improper movement can also cause significant pain and eventual injury if not addressed. These faulty movement patterns can develop during the course of sport participation or develop slowly from everyday activities. For example, if a soccer player’s knees collapse toward each other when she jumps or lands, she is at an increased risk for non-contact ACL injury. This pattern may also appear if she was asked to perform a squat or lunge in the weight room. It is crucial that these faulty patterns are recognized and corrected for optimal performance and reduced injury risk
I stay in communication with parents and coaches to make sure we are providing the best environment for our athletes to succeed and stay healthy. Whether in-season or with off-season travel or club teams, my mission is to create a system where I coach and educate athletes to help them flourish.
Training 2 times per week: $65 per month
Training 3 times per week: $99 per month
**There is a $10 monthly facility fee for each athlete to train at the facility.