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Even The Youngest Athletes Can Process Complex Information

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Ken Taylor (@TheSpeedDr) played for the Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears and is now a private coach, specializing in speed training. He was a three-time Pac-10 Academic All America at Oregon State University as a football player and triple jumper/sprinter, while also earning a bachelors degree in exercise physiology and sport science.

Here, Ken recounts his early plan to coach youth only from age 12 onward. He brought science to his work and thought younger children would not be able to process the information he was presenting.

Soon, though, he realized that kids as young as age seven had better ability to process than he had imagined. He noticed how they interacted with phones, video games, technology and their ability to multi-task, processing up to 12 things in one moment. "I started thinking, 'Why do I think they couldn't handle my stuff, as long as I explain it from their point of view?' "