For the new wrestlers out there having those hard days.
The school season is well under way and extra-curricular activities are in full swing.
If you haven’t already signed up to join something, why not give wrestling a try. At BTST, we offer 2 practices weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays with top level coaches. It’s fun and it’s free!
We practice both Freestyle and Greco-Romano. In Freestyle wrestling, the objective is to
throw & pin your opponent to the mat. It allows you to use your opponent’s legs and combines techniques from traditional wrestling, judo & Samba. Greco-Roman style is the same as freestyle, but it does not allow using legs. Instead it places emphasis on throwing your opponent.
Sound interesting but not sure if you can do it. Of course you can! Wrestling is open to all sizes, ages and skill levels so why not give it a try?
Tuesdays @ 6:00pm
West Humber CI, 1675 Martin Grove Rd.,
Thursdays @ 6:00pm
North albion CI, 2580 Kipling Avenue,
For more information contact coach Neal at 416.893.4476 or coach Bernard at 647.833.3932
The short answer is Yes. The long answer below, a piece written by National and Olympic Track & Field Coach, George Van Zyel:
Drs. Holly Benjamin and Kimberley Glow wrote an article Strength Training for Children and Adolescents: What can physicians recommend? published in The Physician and Sports Medicine Vol.31-No.9 September 2003. It provides an honest appraisal of the value of strength training for young athletes and the risks associated with various forms of strength training.
Their conclusion was that the "current published literature demonstrates that the benefits of strength training far outweigh the potential risks." Interestingly, they found that the safest type of strength training involved Olympic Lifting because of the heavy emphasis on proper technique.
As long as the strength training programme is supervised, the answer is a resounding "YES IT IS SAFE" from the following organizations:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
British Association of Sports & Exercise Science
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
National Strength and Conditioning Association
United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association
This is a view of the safety of weight training and particularly weightlifting that is supported by empirical evidence. Brian Hamill conducted a survey involving a number of British schools and published the results in the article Relative Safety of weightlifting and weight training that appeared in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1994;8(1);53-57. The results appear below:
You can read the full article here.
Strength is the Foundation,
We were instructed to work on a lot of fundamental elements first to get assessed on the individual abilities. The LPS team stressed that it is far more important for us be strong and flexible for wrestling first as “Strength is the Mother of All Qualities” before we start taking those elements to build speed, explosiveness, and power.
We ended the session with some sled pulls to work on our vastus medialis oblique (VMO) to strengthen the knee area as an injury-prevention mechanism to prepare them for future sessions.
We’re looking forward to our next session in a weeks time and tracking our progress in this exciting journey for our BTST athletes.
Coach Gen Morrison and Coach Alan King held another all girls practice on October 8. Here they are working on technique.
This weekend, BTST held it's first ever All Girl practice, lead by coach Gen Morrison at Newtonbrook S.S. in Toronto. We had a great turn out and the girls demonstrated great work ethic as we spent time breaking down the fundamentals of proper body position, developing good drilling habits and bringing an intentional focus to each practice. We're looking forward to seeing even more girls join us in the coming weeks as we develop our decision making abilities on the mat, learn new drills and techniques to expand our creativity, and elevate each other's game to become smarter, grittier and more focused wrestlers. Go girls go!