Youth Athletic Development
We help young athletes get stronger, faster, improve athleticism & reach their full potential
What is APEX Athlete Development?
This is for youth athletes, ages 8 – 18, who want to reach their full potential. We’re here to help kids develop a strong foundation of athleticism in all sports. Most sports have plenty of time spent in both practice and games where athletes will work on explosiveness, reactive strength and speed. However, that practice time neglects building foundational strength and, most importantly, workload capacity. Looking at the performance model, if you take away the bases of foundational strength and workload capacity, an athlete’s pyramid of performance is much smaller, creating a higher risk for injury and limiting top end performance potential.
Who this is for
Anyone in youth sports looking to improve performance & athleticism. Sports are demanding, so having a good strength & conditioning program is important in decreasing injury risk.
When is it?
We have sessions daily, Monday – Sunday. To accommodate busy schedules, there are before school & after school times, as well as weekends. See the full schedule below.
What you'll learn
Learning proper technique has a huge impact on capacity to improve quickly as an athlete begins to develop. We teach proper mechanics, principles of performance training & injury prevention.
How much is it?
We offer ultimate flexibility to fit your busy schedule. Monthly memberships as well as session packages are available. Or drop in to experience it before committing to a membership or package. See options below.
< $10 / Session
$13.50 / Session
$17 / Session
30 Session Pack
$14 / Session
20 Session Pack
$16 / Session
10 Session Pack
$18 / Session
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What Does our
Athlete Development Program
- Injury Prevention – We’ve been treating physical therapy patients since 2014, from middle school to professional athletes. We’ve implemented all the latest research into this program to help people decrease their injury risk as much as possible, including common injuries like ACL tears, ankle sprains, hamstring pulls, shoulder injuries and more.
Strength – One of the best ways to decrease injury risk, is through strength training. Strength is a building block for athletes in any sport, any age. Our programs will help your athlete, safely and effectively, build muscle to help them be stronger throughout their sport. We do this through bodyweight movement, weights, medicine balls and resistance bands, ensuring proper technique before making things more difficult.
- Mobility / Stability – Some athletes need to increase flexibility, range of motion and mobility. This will allow for speed, strength and explosiveness increases. Other athletes need to be more stable at a moments notice. We incorporate both mobility & stability in all workouts.
- Agility – No matter the sport, dedicating training to fast-twitch muscle fibers will help athletes develop all around athleticism and blow by their competition.
- Endurance – Every sport requires endurance so that the athlete can continue to push when energy is low. We will develop both cardiovascular and muscular endurance during this program so your athlete can stand out all game long.
- Explosiveness – Adding explosive training principles allows an athlete to improve relative strength and create more force, resulting in improvements in things like, vertical jump, broad jump & top end performance.
- Body Control – Athletes are growing and always a work in progress. This program is dedicated to helping your athlete improve their ability to control their body through space, especially when fatigued.
Which is More Important, Strength or Speed?
Different sports place a different demand on each athlete. Many athletes spend their time working on speed or speed-strength, while others focus solely on strength or strength-speed. Some of this comes naturally with the sport, practice time and games or competitions. Each element of the Force Velocity Curve is important and it is most ideal for an athlete to increase the entire curve outward. This compliments the Performance Model pyramid shown above and creates a well-rounded athlete. Our athlete development approach emphasizes all parts of the Force Velocity Curve through a variety of exercises and movements involving bodyweight, resistance bands, weights and medicine balls. We utilize all areas of our facility, that has 2000 sqft of turf, weight floor and 30 foot ceilings.
FAQ - Athlete Development Program:
We would recommend setting up an appointment with our team of physical therapists. Our approach is based on getting the body back to performance shape, pain free. This is how we transition athletes back into their sport in a safe manner. Your athlete would then be introduced to the training program as soon as they are cleared by our PT.
That's awesome! We have a Friday add on, one hour session available to those that purchase either full summer program.
These workouts will be additional injury prevention, recovery, mobility/stability, agility and targeted training. This is the perfect addition/supplement for youth athletes attending the summer sports performance training program. If you didn't add this on at time of purchase, be sure to reach out to us to get signed up!
YES! The Summer Program (and all of our workout sessions all year) help increase mobility, flexibility and stability. This will be achieved through various exercises and movements from a dynamic warm up to start to an active cool down to finish. Most importantly, your youth athlete will learn what they can be doing at home to continue their improvement on the days they're not at APEX.
A result of strength and conditioning, with plyometric training incorporated in, is the ability to jump higher and further. With our programs, you can expect your child to jump higher, but training safely to improve overall athleticism as well.
No matter the sport, training the fast twitch muscle groups will help an athlete get faster. We emphasize training both fast and slow twitch throughout every session to help improve speed, agility, strength, explosion, balance and more.
A primary focus of our performance training is strength work. We begin with fundamentals and foundations of strength, and progress each athlete based on their ability. Younger athletes start with body weight and focus more on mechanics, while older athletes will progress to heavier weight to increase overall strength for their sport.
Based on our practice of physical therapy here at APEX (that’s actually how we started our business!), we focus on core components of fundamental strength training which reduces the risk of injury by building the muscular system to better support the body. There is a massive crossover between sports performance and physical therapy training, sports performance is just the next level of the work you would do in a physical therapy session with us. Most of our patients treat their physical therapy with us as a workout, getting the best results for their effort. This also helps to reduce the risk of overtraining.
Soccer athletes have one of the highest risks of ACL and knee injuries. This is THE BEST environment to help your soccer athlete decrease their injury risk, while still making improvements to their overall athletic ability.