How can you expect an athlete to excel at the highest level if they are physically illiterate? You would not think of asking someone to write a book if they can’t spell, punctuate or construct a correct sentence. That is what we are asking our athletes to do. Know the basics of movement; combine the basics into more complex movements, but never stray far from the basics. Simplicity will yield complexity. If you try to go too fast too soon without mastery of fundamentals then you are building a house of cards. It is not if it will fall, it is when. This is the genesis of inconsistent performance at later stages of development and definitely the cause of injuries. Injury prevention and performance enhancement start with physical literacy. Not real sexy and exciting but necessary. Build you athlete on a strong foundation and the construct strong walls not a house of cards that will blow over with the slightest breeze.
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