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A Coaches Dozen: 12 FUNdamental Principles for Building Young and Healthy Athletes

November 3 at 5:30 in the Casino Ballroom

Guest Speaker Avery D. Faigenbaum Ed.D., FACSM

Youth coaches and fitness professionals who work with younger populations need to genuinely appreciate the uniqueness of childhood and adolescence while valuing the importance of making friends, learning something new, and sparking a lifelong interest in physical activity.

Rather than focus all of our efforts on technical skills and sports performance, it is important to understand a few principles which are FUNdamental for long-term health and well-being. The “Coaches Dozen” is a list of 12 principles that youth coaches and fitness professionals should think about. While some of these principles are well supported by research in the fields of pediatric exercise science, sports medicine and developmental psychology, others are based on experience teaching and coaching youth.

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Dr. Avery Faigenbaum is a Full Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, USA. He is the author of over 150 scholarly articles, 30 chapters and eight books including Youth Strength Training and Progressive Plyometrics for Kids. As an active researcher and practitioner in the field of pediatric exercise science, he continues to develop successful youth strength and conditioning programs and lecture at professional
conferences worldwide.