The physical elements of youth development are complicated by growth, maturation and a number of variables. In this PDP Webinar replay, Dan Wright hosts Nottingham Forest FC Coaches, Tom Mallinson and Lewis Bramley for an in depth discussion on integrating conditioning and managing load with youth players.

Tom is a Professional Development Phase coach working primarily with the U18 players. Lewis is the Lead U9-16 Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Academy.

Dan hosts a discussion that dives into a number of issues that challenge youth players through the Youth Development to Professional Development phase. This conversation will cover:

  • The support team the club puts around the player
  • Physical challenges in youth development
  • Growth and maturation
  • Relative age effect
  • Work on the grass and in the gym
  • Blending football and strength and conditioning in sessions

This is a must watch for coaches wanting to support their players physical development and better understand how professional academies integrate conditioning whilst managing the challenges of growth and maturation.

Image Source: Nottingham Forest FC

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