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How to Avoid Adolescent Injuries: coach responsibilities

how to avoid adolescent injuries

As a former player that experienced injuries from an early age, it was near expected that it was a part of the game and even worse — you must have been training too hard and it was near commendable that you had a injury to show for it. For lack of better words, you were hardcore! And if that was anything to go by, I was pretty darn outright hardcore throughout my playing career which was cut short from ongoing injuries.

Too often it is mistaken that it is the players and/or athletes fault for getting injured but this is incredibly far from the truth. A player/athlete decides to ‘train’ and/or ‘practice’ in the sport they enjoy because they want to get better. The coach is responsible for ‘teaching’ the player/athlete how to play and use the right skills to techniques. Now, to be fair if a coach is not present and a player/athlete performs an alternate skill and/or technique other than what has been taught, that’s another ballgame. But if in fact the player/athlete is doing what they’ve been taught, this is where the problems are based.

Coaches need to monitor their players/athletes and be mindful of potential injuries from occurring and/or developing.

This means if you’re in an academy setting, there needs to be enough coaches to players (ratio) to oversee correct skills and/or techniques are being applied, performed to conditioned. If this isn’t the case and a close eye is not kept, the greater the risk of developing an injury. However, you could also be ‘taught’ a technique that in fact has long term potential for an injury to occur. In tennis, a big trend is with the forehand groundstroke and lifting that elbow nice and high to above the shoulder before coming through to contact the ball. Now, as the world’s leading expert in the forehand groundstroke exclusively and most specifically, I can tell you now — that’s an injury waiting to happen. And it happens everywhere.

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