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Movements During PHV

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I have been trying to ‘walk the talk’ in recent years as I am currently navigating the period of PHV and PWV with a young athlete. Her 11-12 year period has yielded a 9cm height change and a 6kg weight change. She does 2 x Swimming sessions, 2x Athletics (Run, Jump, Throw) sessions and 2 x Athletic Development sessions each week. The idea has always been to keep her physical competence (Strength, Stability, Balance, Coordination) one step ahead of the load experienced in the sports-specific activities – giving her “the physical competence to do the technical stuff and the technical competence to do the sport stuff.”

As she navigates the movements of Squat, Lunge, Pull, Push, Brace, Rotate, Hinge and Landing I have tried to emphasise the ‘length and strength’ journey during the peak height velocity period. Her Swimming and Throwing activities in particular offered potential hazards as the long bones accelerated their growth and the connective tissue lagged behind. I tried to use movements and postures that saw her feet being as far away from the tips of her fingers as possible and also to ensure that the movements were multi-joint and multi-plane. Once they had been mastered (controlled) then they were exposed to different speeds and complexities. Dumbbells, medicine balls and sand-sacks prevailed over the use of barbells and the test was one of creativity. So far things are working out OK with no sign of injury and plenty of movement efficiency, consistency and resilience being laid down.

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My only thoughts to all the good work you have been doing so far is, from my experience, you have to figure out where the body is using up its energy this "week". During this PHV, particularly with boys, the body can only do one thing at a time: height or body mass. So, if it's one of those times when the height increases dramatically, drop a lot of the co-ordination-based activities and drills for that week. Work on building the new nerve network and compensations to accommodate the changes. Then the next "week" or interaction, look at the rate of height change; if it has slowed, then work on co-ordination. I work in a highly-demanding fine motor co-ordination sport and if you can observe these changes in the pattern during the PHV, then the athlete doesn't get as frustrated with all the challenges. Also, the total amount of energy output (you seem to have this athlete doing a lot) is critical in order to avoid injury. Instead of looking longitudinally at the plan, drill down into the daily energy output compared with sleep, hydration and nutrition. It is a challenging time for coach and athlete, but it is really fascinating and I enjoy the positive outcomes when the transition period is done correctly, without the added pressures of high performance competition.

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Hi Kathleen. Great guidance from your comments. This is what I like about sharing some thoughts - I get to learn new stuff every day. All the very best.

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