Blogs from October 2014

Oct 27 2014

Strength Training for Young Athletes

As parents in an active community, you might hear that strength training is not recommended for pre-adolescents due to concerns of injury and the belief that children are incapable of increasing strength through resistance training.  Let’s look a bit deeper at the facts and put an end to this myth!

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a properly designed strength training program can increase a child’s strength, improve motor skills and sports performance, as well as prevent injuries in youth sports and recreational activities.  

You may be wondering, “What age is ok for my young athlete to begin strength training?”

The best age group to begin resistance training with is the pre-adolescent age group (9-14 years).  In the pre-adolescent age group, improvements in strength training come from neuromuscular development, which is the honing of fine motor skills.  Therefore, this age group is ideal to teach coordination and stability to.  Additionally,...Read More