The KRCS Commitment to Multiple Sport Training
John Smoltz made history in his Hall of Fame induction speech, while explaining the national increase in over-use injuries in athletes. Stating that baseball is "not a year-round sport" his implication was quite simple. Playing a sport, such as baseball, all year around, all the time, for your entire youth, does not lead to success but instead, injury.
The recent rise of single-sport athletes starting at a very young age, combined with the lack and the decline of well-rounded athletic development, is one of the most alarming and puzzling trends in the sports world to date.
Prepubescent kids specializing in one sport starting at age 10 and determining to play for the rest of their lives is irresponsible as it displays a massive misunderstanding of anatomical development. There is nothing better for a young athlete than to play multiple sports and to compete for the majority of their careers in multiple arenas of play.
This is one of the major reasons KRCS does not overly-specialize our strength conditioning program.
There will always be certain movements and certain principles that apply to every athlete on campus regardless of sport.
- Every athlete will squat.
- Every athlete will jump.
- Every athlete will pick up heavy things.
because these are all required to be a healthy, balanced, well-trained athlete. While we will not implore certain exercises during certain seasons of a sport, our stated goal will always be the development of athleticism.
We believe a strength conditioning program should focus on developing a well-rounded athlete as a priority rather than being primarily devoted to developing baseball players or football players or sprinters. With this in mind, the strength and conditioning programming will never have specific sport driven macrocycles developed and implemented school-wide.
Simply stated, we are committed to creating athletes.
We believe well-rounded athletes are healthy athletes. Healthy athletes are the ones that perform best on multiple fields of play. Furthermore, healthy, well-rounded athletes have the greatest longevity in their chosen sport. For this reason we will not specialize in a single sport in high school.
This truth reveals an obligation for programming designed with both an off-season and general physical preparedness in mind.
Every athlete needs to rest. The toll and strain of competition on an athlete’s psyche and on their body must be considered over the course of multi-season and multi-sport training.
There is a widespread and unsubstantiated belief across our nation that if an athlete is not playing a sport they are getting left behind by those on the field. The reaction to this false understanding of athleticism is to have an athlete play one sport year around or compete in three sports year-round and never rest from on-field competition. This is how you end up with a football player who plays in the fall then plays baseball in the spring and then continues with another eighty games of baseball over the summer. An athlete with this style of training, who disregards the necessity for an off-season and for rest will have a high burnout rate, higher rate of injury, and lower overall growth and development.
Off-season training is a time for the athlete to remove himself from the strain of competition and focus on recovery, strength gain, and overall athletic development. Many of the facets and necessities for development, especially in young athletes, cannot be done concurrently with in-season athletes. Therefore, it is critical for their long-term development to rest and to train without the stressors of competition.
The King’s Ridge off-season programming is designed for this end in mind. It is designed to help an athlete recover from the rigors of competition, prepare for oncoming seasonal training, and serve as a catalyst for long-term athletic development.