Best Practices When Coaching Young Athletes with Missy Mitchell-McBeth – The Barbell Life 405

On this special episode of The Barbell Life Podcast, Coach Mash discusses High School Strength and Conditioning with Coach Missy Mitchell-McBeth. In the wake of Coach Harrell from Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, TX, sending multiple young athletes to the emergency room with Rhabdomyolysis, aka Rhabdo, a severe medical condition caused by damaged muscle releasing more proteins and electrolytes than the body can handle, especially the kidneys and heart. Rhabdo can result in permanent damage and even death.

The kids were asked to perform somewhere between 300-400 pushups as punishment during a conditioning class. That means there was more to the class than simply a massive number of pushups. This was held on January 6th, which is right when the students report back to class after the holidays. So much for a minimal effective dose!

It’s not the coach. It’s the system. We have to do better. Every year kids die at practice due to negligence, and no one says anything. Well, we did, and now you have the information.

Here’s what we talked about:

  • We talk about the incident and all the things that went wrong
  • We discuss some best practices that could prevent this from happening
  • We each give our thoughts on ways to improve the system
  • Healthy ways to strengthen, develop, and condition athletes
  • What does the research say versus what our experience says
  • So much more!


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