It's rare that teenagers do not recognize the importance of eating breakfast, unfortunately, it's even more rare that we see them put this recognition into action by actually eating breakfast. Rather than go into a science lesson about the importance of a nutrient dense meal to "break" "fasting, we're going to reveal a few simple strategies to improve consistency and quality of breakfast for teenage athletes.

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY: How to improve your squat set-up.

Posted by Oak Athletic Development on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FORM FIX FRIDAY: Learn to break at the hips and the knees at the same time for a smoother and stronger squat.

Posted by Oak Athletic Development on Friday, August 18, 2017

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY: Our favorite hamstring stretch.

Posted by Oak Athletic Development on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FORM FIX FRIDAY: Push press clean up during the dip phase for a stronger drive phase.

Posted by Oak Athletic Development on Thursday, August 24, 2017

FORM FIX FRIDAY: Improving your hip flexor stretching.

Posted by Oak Athletic Development on Friday, August 11, 2017

 We must learn to enjoy how we get where we're going.

We’re back for round two of Why Do Youth Athletes Get Injured? (Part 1) Today we’re talking about the ability to stop. Specifically, an athlete’s ability to decelerate during athletics. As coaches and players all of the hype and publicity is given to an athlete’s speed, or ability to produce force. But realistically, for the majority of athletes out there, their ability to stop and restart is going to have a bigger overall impact on performance and injury prevention. In this article we are going to touch on how poor stopping or deceleration ability leads to more injuries, and ways to improve your athlete’s ability to stop.

Besides staying healthy and having a high self-esteem, what does every parent, coach and athlete want? Of course it is speed. No matter the age, no matter the sport, no matter how fast or slow you may be, every athlete I have ever trained desired to be faster. Let’s be honest, speed is a gamechanger and will always be the most valued athletic attribute coaches want on their team. With that said speed development is a process that can be extremely fruitful or quite frustrating depending on how it is approached and keeping the big picture in mind. As for an 8-11 year old population we use a 3 step approach to developing speed.