Training Young Athletes at Game Time Sports and Training with Drew Massey

Drew Massey is the Executive Director of Game Time Sports and Training, a premier sports and performance training facility based in Columbia, TN. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2003 from Bethel College and in 2008, he obtained his master’s degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University in Pennsylvania. Following his college football career, he has served on the Bethel College coaching staff, was employed as the Wellness Director at the YMCA in Middle Tennessee and served as the Head Trainer at Empower Fitness.

Drew joins me today to share his long and winding career path through the fitness industry. He shares his thoughts and philosophy on training middle and high school athletes as well as his coaching techniques while working with male and female athletes. He also shares the typical workout and exercise routines he uses while working with young athletes and his most memorable career highlights as a physical fitness and preparation coach.

Learn the movement before you load it. But once you learn it – you better load it. – Drew Massey

This week on The Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • The driving force behind his passion for physical fitness and preparation.
  • How he found the inspiration to build a career in the fitness industry.
  • His training philosophy while working with middle and high school athletes.
  • How he addresses blowback and resistance to his youth training philosophy.
  • The importance of allowing young athletes to understand it’s okay to make mistakes in their fitness journey.
  • His experience and role while working with schools and school sports coaches.
  • Why he starts young athlete training sessions with foam-rolling exercises.
  • The strategy he uses when working with young athletes for the first time – and how the training progresses.
  • Conditioning exercises he uses in his training sessions with youth athletes.
  • Why he trains men and women the same but coaches them differently.
  • His most memorable career highlights as a physical fitness and preparation coach.

Drew Massey’s Life & Training Advice for Young Athletes:

  • Don’t overthink. If you’re stressed out about something, you’re more than likely overthinking it. Be confident in your ability to do what you love and you’re passionate about.

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