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.

Early sport specialization has been a hot topic for years, and it doesn’t seem to be gong anywhere. As strength and conditioning coaches, it’s baffling when we see parents and coaches embracing the notion of early sport specialization despite the mountains of data, expert opinion, and well- reviewed evidence highlighting the downfalls. Our heart...

As young athletes develop, their bodies adapt in many interesting ways. The nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and cardiovascular systems are in a constant state of adaptation as young athletes play, train and practice sports. Most coaches look for structural changes that result in stronger, faster and more resilient athletes, but those...

Each year, college strength & conditioning professionals look forward to working with the new class of incoming freshman. We see a wide variety of abilities with incoming freshman ranging from athletes who have never touched a weight in their entire life, to those who came from big high schools with a solid strength and conditioning program. Some...

To build the perfect training program, strength and conditioning professionals make many tailor-made considerations for their athletes. Settling on the right exercise selection, training volume, and load volume can be painstakingly time-consuming and difficult. However, to execute the perfect training program, a perfect warm-up must also be...

“Time to stretch!” Many of us as young athletes and physical education participants remember the above phrase as the universal signal for “we’re done.” All parties involved would treat this portion of our training as such. Coach was done coaching. We were done learning. Time for everyone to check the “we stretched” box. This “check the box”...

Transitioning from one sport season to another is something many athletes deal with. Whether it’s a multi-sport athlete transitioning into a totally different sport or a single-sport athlete moving from club to school seasons, these periods can be both exciting and tricky. The transitions will vary greatly depending on the success the...

Power Clean Progression: Part 3 of 3 in a series of exercise progressions by Tobias Jacobi In the previous installments of this article series we talked about the importance of progressions and the progressions we utilize with our middle school and high school athletes in the Front Squat and Pause Bench Press. These can be found at...

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...