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Focusing on Athlete Health at the 2016 Saratoga Junior Coaching Conference

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Jan 11, 2016
Every year, the Saratoga Rowing Association hosts one of the more popular and well attended junior coaches conferences of the early season. Traditionally focusing on coaching techniques, training, boat repair and equipment upkeep, the three-day event presents a variety of topics helpful to any junior coach.
JR Rowing Coaches ConferanceEvery year, Saratoga Rowing Association hosts one of the more popular and well attended junior coaches conferences of the season. Traditionally focusing on coaching techniques, training, boat repair and equipment upkeep, the three-day event presents a variety of topics helpful to any junior coach.

This year, all of those subjects are again on the agenda, but the main focus is going to be centered on keeping young athletes healthy, body and mind. “As usual we’re lucky enough to have great speakers come and talk technique, boat-fixing and engine-fixing, topics that are all kind of unique,” said event director and Saratoga freshman boy’s coach, Chris Chase.

However, the main thrust of this year’s conference will center on staying healthy, injury screening and prevention, he said.

“The main theme of this year is the health and longevity of our young athletes,” Chase said. “High school kids are on a different kind of daily cycle. It’s a daily grind, and they need a certain amount of rest, a certain amount of hydration and a certain amount of nutrition.”

Chase said several experts in the field of health with extensive backgrounds in rowing on all levels will be speaking, including USRowing team physician, Dr. Jo Hannafin and USRowing national team physical therapist Marc Nowak. Both will address injury prevention and screening.

“Everybody is great at getting faster,” Chase said. “But along the way, we are doing a disservice to our young athletes. This is a long term sport and a lifelong sport and we need to start, at the base level, addressing the health of our athletes.”
 
In addition to the health experts, presenters on topics covering traditional conference areas are thirteen of the best coaching experts in the country including USRowing Director of Coaching Education, Kris Korzeniowski, who will talk about the differences in international training programs, Junior National Team Development Coach Steve Hargis, who will speak on “Coaching Ethics” and Williams College head coach Peter Wells, who will discuss what makes great coaches great.

The conference is scheduled to begin Friday, January 15 and is limited to the first 150 coaches to register. The cost is $315 per attendee and meals are provided as part of the fee. For complete conference information go here.
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