With these younger athletes competing at such a high level so early, they have been known to develop muscular imbalances. If these muscular imbalances are not detected early they can grow into a variety of injuries including overuse injuries. Through proper testing and screening, athletes are more aware of their imbalances. Once the athlete has been tested they can be placed into a training program to help correct those imperfections and help make them a more functional athlete.
Fitness testing should also be completed at certain times. Testing should be done before, during and after a sport season. It should also be done before, during and after different training programs. The pretests are done to give the athlete a starting point. With this starting point in place the athlete can set goals and design their training for the upcoming season. The testing done during the sport season or training program is done for two reasons. One is to check for overtraining. Overtraining can lead to burnout if not identified early enough. The second reason is to check to see if your program is sound and the athlete is seeing positive benefits. The posttest is done to see if the athlete gained or lost any attributes from their training program throughout the season.
These fitness assessments should always be administered by certified personnel. Those holding the CSCS or CPT conditionals have been properly trained and possess the educational background to ensure fitness testing is valid.
To receive a FREE FAST® fitness assessment, contact Eric Reed at 602.424.0529 or email [email protected].
In today’s ever changing world of athletics young athletes are playing and specializing in sports at younger ages. Because of this, proper fitness assessments have become more important than ever. Testing these young athletes to identify over training, correct posture, proper body mechanics, muscle imbalances, strength, endurance and speed is crucial to a good training program and proper progression through that program.