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?
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.
Playing sports brings with it the potential of repetitive movement, overuse, and 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 into 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.