SAFETY, EFFECTIVENESS AND APPLICATION OF RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR YOUTH

This is a post for concerned or curious parents and coaches looking to take a deep dive into the safety, effectiveness and application of resistance training for kids and youth athletes.

Most parents and coaches grew up in a time where there was little knowledge and understanding around this topic. Many of you were told that resistance training was unnecessary and potentially dangerous, causing stunted growth, stiff joints and injury. These myths have since been well and truly put to bed, and there are plenty of quality research highlighting the effectiveness a quality resistance training program can have on youth development, health, sporting performance and injury minimisation.

The Australian Strength and Conditioning Association have put together an extremely comprehensive document regarding this topic that I would love for you to read. For the time-poor parent (pretty much all of you I’d say), there is a great summary on page 28 that covers key areas.

RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH: A POSITION STAND FROM THE AUSTRALIAN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION (ASCA)

Take a read and comment below or email through any specific questions or queries you may have.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Weatherstone is the founder of the Youth Athletic Development Academy and the head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Andrew’s Anglican College. He is an ASCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Management. Harry has been a sports coach for the last nine years, surrounding himself in high performance sport, athletic development and performance throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and now Queensland. He has dedicated the last six years of his life to creating this movement in youth athletic development; investing countless hours into his own professional development to create the best programs possible for his students, athletes and clients.

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