Youth Physical Development in Football

One of the most common mistakes in coaching young athletes is to treat them like mini-adults. Often youth training sessions involve a drill which a coach has seen used at first team level which they then try to implement with athletes who have neither the physical or cognitive development to cope. It is crucial for coaches to understand the influence of growth and maturation on a young athlete’s development and ability. There are many physical and cognitive developments which happen naturally during growth and maturation which will effect performance in sports. It is key for coaches to understand and decipher whether an improvement in performance is purely due to…


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