Strength and conditioning training can add a lot of benefits to for our young athletes when done correctly. Children that are growing should not be lifting weights to see how much weight they can lift. They should be lifting weights in an approach that promotes more volume at light weights. The myth that kids will stop growing if they lift weights too young is not supported by any scientific evidence or research when done properly.
Strength training is a phenomenal compliment to any sports program and will not only increase the athlete’s performance but also reduce chances of injuries by strengthening the targeted muscles along with the supporting body structures.
Some key things to remember:
- Make sure the coach focuses on form and safety above all else.
- Use light weights at high volumes and take it slow.
- Incorporate other exercises with the strength training. Running, pressing, throwing, agility and coordination drills, are all great options.
- Warm the body up properly and cool down afterwards.
- As always with any exercise program, make sure your child is eating healthy nutrient dense foods.
- Never force your child to do an exercise they are uncomfortable with.
- Make it fun!
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