Verbal cues are tools used by practitioners in developing a youth athlete’s motor skill abilities. External cues may optimize athletic performance and movement competencies in adults with trends for youth athletic populations following suit. However, maturation, training age, and cognitive age may interact with the efficacy of cues used. To better assist practitioners working with youth, this article reviews current empirical evidence on how youth populations respond or may respond to cues and offers practical applications.
This book excerpt is from Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition and goes over change of direction drills to help with speed and power development as well as an athletes cognitive and decision making skills.
CoachesProgram designChange of DirectionSpeedAgility
See demonstrations of weightlifting derivatives for improved athletic performance. Mike Conroy from USAW and Doug Berninger from the NSCA explain coaching cues and corrections so that your athletes can benefit from training in a safe and time-effective manner.
In this hands-on session from the 2018 NSCA’s Personal Training Conference, Brian Nguyen explains motor control with an emphasis on conscious breathing. Nguyen also demonstrates exercises and cues to improve overall stability, mobility, strength, and kinesthetic awareness for clients.
Personal trainersCoachesExercise TechniqueBreathingMotor ControlStabilityMobilityPostureCoaching Cues
In this hands-on session from the 2020 NSCA Coaches Conference, Sport Science Manager at USA Weightlifting, Dr. Anna Swisher, discusses the technique of the snatch including progressions, regressions, and coaching cues for each part of the movement.
Renowned powerlifter, Matt Wenning demonstrates proper form, volume, and muscles required to squat optimally in this session from the 2016 NSCA National Conference. The video includes coaching cues to help you teach squat technique to your athletes.
CoachesExercise TechniqueProgram designSquat TechniqueCoaching QuesSquat OptimallyTeaching Athletes How to Squat