My son really needs to work on his speed and size for football (5'10 3/4" 166lbs soph). His friends convinced him to run track (110 hurdles) and I had no problem with it until now. The problem is he's not getting faster as the 110 hurdles does require some speed but technique is of more importance and considering his workouts that he describes he's not getting any speed training as if he was a sprinter. I also believe he needs to improve on his leg strength (weight lifting) but during athletics the football team lifted during basketball season while he was on the basketball team. The FB team hasn't lifted for two weeks now and they're more into doing drills and conditioning in preparation for spring FB. I thought about lifting after track practice but he seems poofed after jumping over hurdles all day. I have always encouraged my kids to participate in the sports of their choice and enjoy their HS years but considering his desire to play college football I feel that I should step in and take control of the situation. We all know that sometimes what our kids want to do is not always the best things to do. When we see our kids hanging out with the wrong crowd we usually step in and interfere, when we see them wear inappropriate clothes we say 'no', when our 12-17 yo want to attend a concert on a school night or late night movie we say 'no' but is it the right thing to do to redirect our kids on a training path that we think will benefit them the most instead of what they want to do even if it means giving up track. (btw don't really think he loves track, it's just fun) in the meantime we're losing ground with the more important stuff (size and speed)...I have always felt like somethings gotta give but don't have the guts to be the enforcer, any help or advice is appreciated.
I’m right there with you bnucsix6. I train football players who run track a lot. This is very touchy subject and we don’t want to put down any track coaches. I think you already said it though. He likes track and its fun, but it isn’t helping his football career. In my opinion it’s not running the 100 meters or hurdles that’s the problem, it’s HOW these multi-sport athletes run them. Ask the question” is he getting better by running track?” If it’s anything other than yes, it might not be the best thing for him and his football dreams.
On the other hand of this problem, is the fact that we don’t want our kids to specialize early. He should be doing something else to take a break from football. Running on the football field is a different type of running then on a track. There is a lot of stopping and acceleration with change of direction going on that track can’t help with.