Daniel Bove – How Multiple Sports Can Help Kids Become Better Athletes
Jake: Hey I’m Jake of Body by Jake and welcome to our motivational minute. Daniel Bove is with us. Let’s take it down to kids.
What are some tips for parents, when it when it comes to getting your kids involved in sports and getting them prepared to play, not one, but hopefully a few sports during a season?
Daniel: I am a huge proponent of letting your kid play as many sports as possible?
You have this trend that’s starting to occur, where kids are specializing at a very young age and some of the research is actually showing that they are a higher risk for injury once they make it to an elite level.
If they’re playing the same, using the same muscle, right. That’s what you’re doing exactly!
We’ve found with some of our athletes, the guys that have actually played multiple sports growing up, they learn skills faster and they’re a little bit more durable on the court. So I’m a huge proponent of multi-sport.
Jake: How are you able to motivate, now that, you know, what makes you so incredibly special to be with these kind of guys? Obviously it’s working.
Daniel: Yeah we, you know, my staff, we try our best to get to know each individual athlete and what makes them tick.
What makes Mikkal tick might be different than what makes Devin Booker tick. So it’s our jobs to really get to know them as people, and then we’ll what buttons can we push in the weight room to get them motivated.
Jake: What’s new in the world today, as far as training is concerned, that you’ve picked up along the way that you’re going “wow, if I would have had this…”
Daniel: We’re doing a ton of profiling of these athletes. A ton of testing. Now we’re testing on a weekly basis – their jumps, what the mechanics are like.
We have a force plate that we put these athletes on, it gives us a ton of data, a ton of feedback. It tells us if they’re getting stronger in the weight room.
We do a few genetics testing, which is a way to actually screen the athletes and how they’re moving at each joint angle, so there’s a ton of information we’re getting on these athletes that some of the older players in the league – every single time I talk to them about – they’re just like “I wish they had this when I was a rookie!” You know the 12 year veterans are like, if they had this when I was a rookie I’d have another five years on my career!
Jake: Awesome! Great to see you, buddy!
“Hey remember, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit! Dan!”
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