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Kevin Ensenant explains what most youth athletes are lacking today

Kevin Ensenat is the owner and head trainer at KSTRENGTH SPORTS TRAINING in Fairfield, NJ. He has been involved in training for 22 years and has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds. He specializes in conditioning for sports and has worked with athletes from the middle school age all the way to the professional level, including the NFL NY Giants.

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Kevin Ensenant with a professional football player he trains, Kevin Boothe.

Kevin Ensenat's Certifications

  • B.Sc., C.S.C.S. , P.I.C.P. Level 1
  • Certificate in Exercise Science (Bergen Community College)
  • Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology (William Paterson University)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (N.S.C.A.).
  • United States Weightlifting Federation Level 1 Club Coach
  • Poliquin International Certification Program P.I.C.P. Level 1 Coach
  • A three-time intern with world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin
  • Level 1 Certification in Advanced Flexibility Techniques for both the upper and lower body from the American Institute of Flexibility Sciences
  • Level 2 Active Release Techniques Soft Tissue Management Provider in the Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity and Spine with over 15 years experience
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy Sports Injury Certified

When asked what youth athletes are most lacking today, Kevin Ensent offered his professional opinion:

Many youth athletes today have “poor core/hip strength/control” and there has been “an increase in overuse and orthopedic injuries.” Kevin went on to explain, “I feel, as well as many experts in the field, that these current problems are predominantly caused by a few key factors: too much sitting at computers, in front of the television, and using phones and tablets.”

Kevin has also noticed that for youth athletes there is, “too much emphasis on strictly sport skills and not enough time spent on movement skills and training the underlying physical qualities."

This includes:

  • Muscular Balance (balanced strength and flexibility ratios between opposing muscle groups)
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Balance
  • Agility
  • Muscular Endurance

Kevin noticed that many parents spend a great deal of money on sport-specific instruction. While there is a benefit to this, there is “not enough time training the body to be able to readily and capably perform these movements and skills efficiently and effectively,” he explained.

Kevin also pointed out that many youth athletes “consume way too much sugar and eat too many processed foods. They don't eat enough fruits, vegetables, and quality proteins.”

He disagrees with sport specialization for youth athletes. In other words, specializing in a single sport at a young age. He explained, “This is leading to an increase in injuries, especially overuse injuries and burnout. Young athletes end up playing a single sport year round with no time off to recover, train their physical qualities, and cross train to allow the development of other movement skills by playing other sports or physical activities.”

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