This is where all athletes should start.
This methodology of training is often neglected, but it’s important to understand that in order for an athlete to perform at their best, they need to understand how to move properly. The old addage, “learn to walk before you run,” applies here. With most sports, athlete’s spend a great deal of time practicing, which of course is important. However, all of that practice creates physical imbalances, like poor posture.
Here’s why balance is the most important part of a program.
The stress on our joints from having certain muscles over developed and others under developed (for example, the constant motion of skating) can often lead to an injury. This is why we need to develop the primary and secondary muscle for each movement.
Sure, a good stretch after practice and games is very important but that isn’t going to help strengthen the muscle that athletes are not often using.
When athletes have poor mobility, they can still perform all of the movements required in a particular sport. The human body is resilient, it will figure out the best way to do something based on what its got to work with. The down side for athletes is that with every degree of inflexibility, the body works much harder than someone with good mobility to acheive the same movement.