While the role of the CrossFit Coach in a young athlete's life and development is important, it doesn't hold a candle to the role played by the parents (inclusive of all legal guardians, etc). To help supplement the ideas that we send the kids home with, I've started pulling together some resources from around the web, blogosphere, and podcast universe. All items should be considered required listening/reading for Elm City CrossFit Kids parents.
Please, bear in mind, this being the wilds of the internet, there may be language and intensity, especially in the first two links. You've been warned.
Attitude Nation podcast with Martin Rooney (show description and extra details)
Martin Rooney (author of Training For Warriors) discusses the importance of NOT pushing kids to specialize in sports too soon. The more you want Phoebe to be a star lacrosse player, the more you need to support her by having her play other sports, learn other skills, and increase her internal solution set, so that when she DOES get on the field, she's dominant, not just another over-specialized, injury-prone has-been.
Coach Kenn from the Carolina Panthers said it best, “If you want your athlete fast, get them stronger. If you want your athlete to jump higher, get them stronger. If you want to prevent injuries, get them stronger.”
"How can we ask our kids to mow the yard, take out the trash, or help in the hay, but we are afraid of strength training? Landing from a jump causes a force greater than 6-7 times our body weight, but yet we are afraid of a 30% of bodyweight kettle-bell. If we are going to allow our children to play sports, then we need to prepare them for impact of the game. Look at soccer, it is the worst! You have these tiny girls and boys running around, jumping, cutting, and hitting a ball with their little heads year round, but we aren’t having them do any strength training to prepare them for such abuse. Why do you think that ACL injuries and concussions are through the roof in that sport? In my opinion that is near negligence. I don’t believe that it is intentional negligence, but a lack of education."