In this post, we share a link that will direct you to our recent webinar on youth athletic development.

In this webinar, we cover a range of topics related to youth athletes and how we can create a framework to develop elite-level athletes for the future.

Some of the topics we will cover include;

  1. Building a robust athlete
  2. A proposed 5 tier athletic development model for the South African school’s sports systems
  3. Implementation of strength & conditioning for youth athletes
  4. Methods in reducing injury rates in youth athletes
  5. Managing training loads – with a focus on the multi-sport athlete
  6. Early vs late specialization (Pros & Cons for each)
  7. Returning to sports post a long lay off (ie lockdown period)

Student athletes should not be judged solely on the number of wins at school, but more so by the number of “wins” after school


  1. Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 international consensus; NSCA; Lloyd et al
  2. Building a robust athlete in the South African Schools Sports System; SAJSM; Lombard
  3. The training-injury paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder?; BJSM; Gabbett
  4. What makes champions? A review of the relative contribution of genes and training to sporting success; BJSM; Tucker et al
  5. How they won the world cup through height, mass, and collective experience; BJSM; Sedeaud et al
  6. Morphological evolution of athletes over the 20th century. Causes and consequences; Sports Medicine; Norton et al
  7. Changes in body size and physical characteristics of South African under-20 rugby union players over a 13-year period; JSCR; Lombard et al
  8. Risk compensation, motivation, injuries and biomechanics in competitive sport; Mcintosh
  9. Strategies to prevent injury in adolescent sport: a systematic review; BJSM; Abernethy et al
  10. The effectiveness of exercise intervention to prevent sports injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials; BJSM; Lauersen et al
  11. To little sleep and an unhealthy diet could increase the risk of sustaining a new injury in adolescent elite athletes: Scan J Med & Sci in Sport; Von Rosen et al
  12. Chronic lack of sleep is associated with an increased sports injury in adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Ortho J Sports Med; Gao et al
  13. Sports-related injuries in youth athletes: is over scheduling a risk factor? CJSM; Anthony et al
  14. Effect of physical and academic stress on illness and injury in division 1 football players; JSC; Mann et al
  15. Stress in academic and athletic performance in collegiate athletes: A narrative review of sources and monitoring strategies; Dos Santos et al
  16. The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance; Psychological review; Ericsson et al
  17. The Sports Gene; David Epstein
  18. Relative age effect in male school-aged rugby union players from Gauteng, South Africa; AJPAHES; Grobler et al
  19. The associations of early specialization and sports volume with musculoskeletal injury in New Zealand children; JSAMS; McGowan et al
  20. Debunking the myths about training load, injury, and performance: empirical evidence, hot topics, and recommendations for practitioners; Education reviews; Gabbett
  21. Prescription of training load in relation to loading and unloading phases of training; Australian Institute of Sport – White Paper
  22. A coaching session framework to facilitate long term athletic development; JSCR; Till et al
  23. The development and application of an injury prediction model for non-contact, soft tissue injuries in elite sports athletes; JSCR; Gabbett