how gh supplements for female athletes

Shakespeare said: “There’s a time for all things.” I cannot agree more with this statement. Unfortunately, the parents of teen female athletes have not received the message about how important it is for these young women to value training to play sports.

For more than 20 years, researchers have identified many characteristics that all females share at puberty. Some of them are:

Lack of a neuromuscular spurt (compared to boys)
Female triad (eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis)
Disordered eating (not eating properly) and not enough daily rest
Looseness of joints, especially in lower body
Fatigue associated with central nervous system leading to injuries

Compounding the challenges for all female athletes is that the adults in charge of helping them succeed have not received the important message of training to play sports. We don’t see professionals training to play their sport, but they are!!

All athletes need to make gains in the preseason and maintain those gains during their season. In youth sports, a major question is: When does a season begin and when does it end?

Most youth sports teams practice and play year round except for those times when a high school sport is being played and the club teams are prohibited from sports participation with the high school athletes.

So, it’s a fact that youth sports will not lessen over time. There are many reasons for this. So what are parents and their daughter-athletes to do?

First – each athlete must have down time from playing their sport to avoid burnout – both mentally and physically. During this time, every female athlete needs to train to play their sport. Minimum of six (6) weeks to a maximum of thirteen (13) weeks. Utilizing a periodized training schedule, every athlete can become stronger and more flexible leading to increases in quickness, speed, agility, and cardiovascular endurance gains. Smart and Hard workouts are the key combined with stretching at home.

Second – the foundation for every program is what I call BNP Training; i.e., balance, neuromuscular control, and proprioception for all joints. This is called stabilization training as the desired effect is to enable every female athlete to optimize the control of their body.

However, what works for one athlete does not work exactly for the next athlete. An example of this is two young ladies; one is 5’2″ and the other is 5’10”. Generally, the vertically challenged athlete will have a lower center of gravity and be able to achieve lower body joint stability more quickly than the taller athlete.

Dr. Harber says that ‘one size does not fit all’ and this means that what works for one female athlete cannot be used in the same exact way for another. Each female athlete needs to address their weaknesses and make certain she is balanced from right to left and front to back to optimize their training program and minimize their risk for injury.

Third – strength gains for teen female athletes is made much differently than for same-age males. I have said for many years that “females are not males with less testosterone.” This means that female athletes require a different approach than for males. Once the female’s growth plates have closed (open growth plates usually close by 18 years old), advanced strength training can be addressed.

Fourth – cardiovascular gains need to be addressed. Two-thirds (67%) of all injuries occur in the last one-third (33%) of practice/games. Fatigue is a leading contributor to sports injuries. I believe in sub-maximal and interval training to help every female athlete make these gains safely. There is no need to maximize the mileage on the lower body that already is challenged at puberty. Minimizing the miles with interval training (and deep water running when available) helps every female athlete achieve a level of cardiovascular fitness that enables them to play the first 5 minutes of their sport as fresh as the last 5 minutes. How can this be? You will have to trust me that having trained more than 600 teen female athletes in every sport and cheering since 1995 – I have seen it happen for every female athlete.

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