IYCA Blog (International Youth Conditioning Association)

IYCA Blog (International Youth Conditioning Association)
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Our task is simple… Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. The main purpose of the IYCA is to assist in the evolution of the youth athletic/fitness industry by regulating the knowledge and skill of the individuals who work within it. The International Youth Conditioning Association is the premier international authority with respect to athletic development and youth participant-based conditioning. We validate research and provide appropriate examples of practical application for working with young athletes and youth participants at large. We establish industry norms with respect to safe, effective and clinically sound means of optimally developing injury-free, emotionally sound and functionally gifted young athletes and participants. Incorporated in 2004, our goal at the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) is to unite the youth fitness and sports industry by providing a solid leadership and defining voice within the field of conditioning and developing youngsters. The IYCA is a wonderful collaboration of professionals from the sport science, athletic, and sport medicine communities. Our membership is comprised of conditioning professionals, personal fitness trainers, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers as well as other sports medicine professionals, coaches, teachers, fitness and sport facility managers as well as students. Our membership base also includes volunteer sport coaches, officials, parents and youth sport executives. The IYCA pledges to provide its members with an eclectic array of resources and opportunities intended to improve their knowledge in the area of youth athletic/fitness development. These will include, but are not limited to: In-depth and extensive annual conferences hosted by leaders in the youth sport industry. An extensive array of educational texts as well as audio and visual products. Nation-wide internship opportunities for students or professionals looking for a rewarding career in youth athletics. The IYCA is a certification-based outfit offering the finest educational certificate programs in the realm of youth athletic development and fitness. Successful candidates must pass both a criminal background check as well as our intensive examination process.

Olympic-style weightlifting exercises have found their place in the process of developing athletes, a process that often begins during childhood and early adolescence. Their exact role, however, is still controversial. While the Olympic-style weightlifting exercises have found their place in the training of elite athletes, the best way to utilize...

The Free Content Section on IYCA.org has become an incredible library of quality content. We picked out the Top 12 pieces from 2017 so you can go back and revisit anything you missed. The contributors to the IYCA have also been outstanding this year, with professionals like Mike Boyle, Brett Klika, Ron McKeefery, Brett Bartholomew and others...

As a coach, there is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new athlete to your program. Whether you are coaching at a school, in a private facility or training kids in the neighborhood, starting a young athlete in a training program can be exhilarating. There are many ways coaches introduce their clients to their facility and program. Here are...

Pause Bench Press Progression – In the last installment of this article series, we talked about the importance of exercise progressions and the front squat progression we utilize with our middle school and high school athletes. It can be found at http://iyca.org/front-squat-progression. In this installment we will be discussing the importance of...

Training youth isn’t merely “miniature-izing” adult programs. Prior to puberty, youngsters’ physiology, psychology, and a host of other factors are significantly different than adults. As a matter of fact, the training effect of a program could be drastically different between a 10- year old and a 14-year-old. These differences are well documented...

If you’ve worked with young athletes very long, you’ve probably met “that” parent. You know, the one with his/her kid’s entire scholastic/scholarship/sign-the-mega-contract future all planned out. And the “kid” is only 7! Oy! Thankfully, that particular species of parent, Mykiddus Secondcomingus, is extremely rare. This annoying and sometimes fatal...

Anthony Renna often thinks of himself as “the man behind the man.” In fact, you might not even recognize his name because he tries to stay behind the scenes. But, Anthony has quietly made several huge contributions to the strength & conditioning profession, and he is considered a sort of pioneer in the industry. Before podcasts were cool, Anthony...

Front Squat Progression When I started working as a high school strength and conditioning coach after 15 years in college S & C, the importance of proper progressions took on a whole new meaning to me. Not only are progressions critical to development, but the safety aspect simply cannot be understated. The primary movements I have selected for our...

Strength training with resistance bands can be a training solution for many sports. When implementing a women’s basketball strength training program at a high school or small college program, there are several challenges that often stall progress. Access to weight room for the female athlete is a universal issue among many high schools and small...

ACL Injury Prevention is always an important topic with female athletes. There are several reasons why a female basketball player has a 50% more likelihood of suffering a non-contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury than their male counterpart. Many experts have looked into why and have rationalized several different theories that focus on...