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Kristin Gostomski - Youth Sports Trainer

Hi! I'm KRISTEN GOSTOMSKI — Strength Coach, Consultant, and Functional Movement Specialist.

For more than two decades, I have studied the science of sports performance and have learned from and collaborated with some of the most trusted college, professional, and youth strength coaches in the industry.

I work with parents, coaches, and athletes to develop a long-term plan for success in sports while also teaching skills and habits that will translate into sustainable physical activity for life.

In addition, I research and write about the physical, mental, and social science of long-term athletic development.

Popular Articles From Youth Sports Trainer

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Parents: Have You Hi-Jacked Your Kids' Sports Experience?

According to a poll taken by The National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70% of kids quit sports by the age of 13. The No. 1 reason? It isn’t fun anymore.

Youth sports are supposed to be about the mental, physical, emotional, and social development of kids; however much of today’s youth sports culture is no longer about the kids. It’s been hi-jacked by adults.

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Dynamic Warm-Up and Mobility Exercises for Home, Gym, and Field

A strong warm-up routine moves dynamically through a variety of movement patterns that require strength, balance, mobility, and coordination, all to prepare mind and body for training and competition.

Dynamic warm-ups can also simulate sports moves, specifically preparing mind and body for particular activities.

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Best and Worst Core Exercises for Athletes

Are you still doing dangerous and non-funtional core exercises like Sit-Ups, Crunches, and V-Ups?

A functionally strong core is key to improved athletic performance, injury prevention, and day-to-day living. As more research has been conducted concerning the function of core muscles during sports, core training has evolved.

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Athlete Development Model

Before the age of 7 is a critical time for developing basic movement skills.

Between the ages 7-11 is the time to nurture qualities that relate to general athleticism.

Around ages 11-15 is optimal to enhance sport specific-skills and gain functional strength in the weight room.

Around ages 15-19 training becomes more serious and the development of team skills, individual skills, and strength and conditioning all become essential for success in competitive sports.

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