Young athletes need skills, training, mental preparation, and nutrition. Success doesn’t happen when you leave out any one of these.
—Yan Vengerovskiy, head coach and cofounder, Maritime Rowing Club/New Canaan High School Crew
Sixteen-year-old Ethan, a rising tennis star, found himself in a progressive performance slump. Losing competitions and struggling to get through his regular training schedule, he mistakenly thought a shoulder injury was dragging him down. After months of physical therapy, he went to his pediatrician, who was alarmed by his lack of growth and sent him to me.
Ethan wasn’t any taller than he had been at age 14, and his muscles hadn’t filled out as expected. Ethan was putting in time and effort to train, day ...