Despite old school fears, research shows that strength training in young athletes is not dangerous and can improve performance and reduce sports related injuries.
Myth: Strength training is not healthy for youths and may stunt their growth.
Fact: There is no evidence that resistance training will harm growth plate cartilage and impact growth. Moreover, strength training has been shown to maximize bone mineral density, improve bone health and decrease risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
Myth: Weight training will slow youths down and decrease performance
Fact: Resistance training is actually one of the best ways to improve athletic performance in youth athletes. Weight training not
only improves strength but also flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic endurance, power, and motor coordination, meaning young
players can sprint faster and jump higher.
Myth: There is a high injury risk associated with weight training in youths.
Fact: Studies show that there is a very low injury rate in young athletes doing resistance training. Key to this is ensuring that youth are taught to lift with proper technique by qualified coaches who monitor the progression of load and overall program.
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