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