Driving home, my 17-year-old daughter Emma and I spent 90-minutes discussing the possibilities of her life as she begins to consider her options after high school. During the conversation, I listened as she spoke with confidence as she discussed the possibility of either becoming an engineer or an architect and that she wanted to continue playing soccer in college. She shared how she was able to say no and not be pressured into doing things she didn’t want to participate in and how she chose what was right for her. She shared many of the experiences she has had that have provided the opportunity for her to learn how to become a strong, confident young woman with hopes and dreams. These include learning how to guide an 8 person raft down a class 3 river, hiking the Grand Canyon, and playing soccer on her club team. After listening to her I realized what really motivates me?
Providing opportunities for youth that will empower them to live their best lives and reach their potential.
One tool to accomplish this is sports participation. It has been an opportunity that has taught me and my children how to do hard things, work with others, and set goals of becoming better. Participating in sports, gave me a sense of ownership in my life, an outlet to express myself, a way to develop both mental and physical strength, and increase my self-esteem and self-confidence. It is doing the same thing for my children as I watch them grow. Through the years, sports participation has changed, creating both pros and cons. Over the past 15 years, young athletes are starting to train year-round specializing in one sport from younger ages. This developmental process is a concern being discussed by the Aspen Institute, US Club Soccer, and organizations such as Stop Sports Injuries and Sidelined USA due to the influx of life-altering youth sports injuries.
Children and youth are often training like little adults and are often placed unknowingly in a professionalized system without much help from sports science or medical professionals until after they are injured. Coaches continue to train as they have always done and parents, often unknowingly, place their children in risky situations. A student-athlete named Brooke, a daughter of a good friend of mine experienced the effects of being placed in a risky situation and received a life-altering youth sports injury. Hear her story in the link provided.
Brooke’s experience is what motivated me as a physical therapist, to start Sport Ready Academy. The sports-dance medicine and sports-dance science professions have valuable knowledge that is used at the college and professional levels to keep athletes healthy and performing.
Sport Ready Academy was developed to do the same for youth athletes who are training year-round at the club and high-school levels and their coaches and parents.
We provide training that will improve both their performance and well-being through online and in-person courses and training. This provides athletes, parents, and coaches with
- the knowledge needed to make wise training decisions,
- understand when to reach out for help,
- and when to take a day off to recover.
We also provide medical care to local clubs and teams, working to
- improve injury diagnosis,
- expedite treatment,
- provide continuity of care,
- provide supervised return to play,
- while providing communication between coaches, athletes, and parents.
This has been proven to keep athletes healthier and perform better.
Our course authors and medical team are sports-dance performance and medical professionals who are some of the best in their field including: