Motivating Youth Athletes Ages 10 – 13: From the Field

by Will Mullins and Jeffrey Hartman, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
NSCA Coach December 2021
Vol 8, Issue 3

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Do you understand the youth athlete? In order to train youth athletes effectively, coaches must have an understanding of how to motivate youth athletes. This article will explain how to do just that, as well as how to use age-appropriate developmental cues for this population.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »



1. Russell, WD. The relationship between youth sport specialization, reasons for participation, and youth sport participation motivations: A retrospective study. Journal of Sport Behavior 37(3): 286-305, 2014.

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Jeffrey Hartman is a Professor of Exercise Science at Gardner- Webb University, specializing in applied exercise physiology. Hartman earned his Doctor ...

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