Why Do Teens Need To Develop Their Athletic Qualities?

Why Do Teens Need To Develop Their Athletic Qualities

Over the last few decades, children and teens are far less active than in previous generations. When this is combined with a tendency for many young athletes to train specifically for 1-2 sports there can be gaps that develop in the full array of athletic qualities that are needed to optimise sports performance, particularly in the long term. These ‘gaps’ in athletic qualities such as run technique, speed, agility, strength, power and mobility also make young athletes more susceptible to injury.

So there is an important need to develop athletic qualities alongside sporting skills to develop young athletes. Incorporating techniques from reformer pilates in Toowoomba can also be beneficial in addressing some of these gaps.

If you would like to learn more, please message our senior physiotherapist in Toowoomba and high-performance consultant, Stuart Canavan for further information.


Stuart has over 25 years of experience in physiotherapy, sports physio & high-performance sport with qualifications in all three areas. As the former director of one of Australia’s largest high school-based sports academies, he has extensive experience to help guide you.

Stuart Canavan, Senior Physiotherapist

Stu brings a wealth of unique knowledge and experience to the team, spending the last 25 years focusing on sports physiotherapy, pain science, high-performance sport and general physiotherapy practice.

Stu’s extensive experience in high-quality healthcare means that he delivers highly-detailed assessments and proven, evidence-based treatments for anyone experiencing pain. Stu particularly loves working with people who have had a persistent or recurring problem, or have previously been told there’s nothing more that can be done for their pain – and seeing them make significant leaps forward in their recovery and pain relief that they’ve never been able to do in the past. He also can assist athletes wishing to optimise their performance with advanced knowledge in this field. You don’t need to be injured or in pain to benefit from Stu’s knowledge and experience.

Stu works with patients both young and old, as well as athletes of all ages and abilities. The powerful combination of his Master’s in high-performance sport and his extensive physiotherapy background allows him to comprehensively assist athletes returning to the sports that they love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the early stages of your athletic career, your goal is to stay active for fitness, or you’re an elite athlete representing the country – Stu will help you go further, beat those PB’s, and achieve optimum results for your injury rehab and other performance programs, including strengthening and conditioning.

In his career, Stu has worked across both Australia and America, and has worked with some of Australia’s best athletes both as a physio and high-performance director. Outside of the clinic, Stu has a lifelong involvement with track and field, and is the current Australian Masters 400m hurdles champion for the 45-49-year-old range.

Stuart Canavan, Senior Physiotherapist
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