Shouldn't junior level athletes still look smooth and be relatively injury free?
Not to be naive but if they're roughly the ages of 16-21, they can't possibly have been put through volumes of training and environmental stresses that say a 29 year old has been put through.
Because why then, do so many of them look like "ticking time bombs"? Kinesiology tape is rampant in this demographic and although the caliber of available coaching may vary, some of these athletes look more like post-surgical veterans than they do 18 year olds.
With respect to the kinesiology tape, I have no issues of its application...when appropriate of course. I'm simply disappointed to see the magnitude of its use in this age group. Naturally I'm not aware of the circumstances behind each athlete's case but seeing so many athletes using it this at elite level championships concerns me. It simply makes me wonder what could be improved in diagnostics and therapy. Even in their development. Now perhaps I have absolutely no right to comment and generalize, but I do wonder.
And with the way they look, sure they are still developing and may not have access to the top coaches (like most), but some of these young athletes look like surgery waiting to happen. They're young. They, theoretically, should still be moving relatively well. But they're not. Is it the volume?
Wonder how some young stars disappear after great junior careers? There is a girl here at #Donetsk2013 who has run over 120 races THIS year
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