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COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- High school sports are taken seriously in the south and while parents want their teens to perform well, they also want them to play the game safely.

Award winning Strength and Conditioning Coach Micah Kurtz from AC Flora High School was named the 2016 National Strength Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Kurtz says to have proper training and train safely you want to have the right coach and there are certain questions you should ask.

1. Is your program age appropriate?

Programs for kids in 7th and 8th grades should be different than those designed for kids in the 11th and 12th grades. Programs should be adapted as these kids progress and maturity. “If your child comes home and excitedly announces, the coach has us doing the same training program as the university, that is a red flag!” Kurtz explains.

2. Is your training designed for overall athletic development or is it primarily sport-specific?

Kurtz says strength and conditioning coaches should focus on overall athletic development. Before you want an athlete to jump higher, kids first need to know how to bend and land properly, so they can absorb the force properly.

3. Are you willing to coordinate my teen’s training with their high school strength coach?

Kurtz says any people think that the more training you do, the better. Kurtz advises you check to make sure coaches and trainers want to work together so your child will receive the best training.

For more information, check out the Kurtz's website.

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