Strength Training and Children

There is still some debate as to the appropriate age to start strength training. Many people feel that children should wait until they have finished their major adolescent growth spurt before starting training, other feel that it is fine to start at a very young age. Emotional maturity and the ability to follow directions is a bigger factor in determining a child's readiness for strength training than their physical maturity. Introducing a child to weight training when they are very young will help them learn good exercise technique and better prepare them to handle heavier loads if they start training for a sport in their teen years. If the child is capable of following direction they can be introduced to strength training using the following guidelines:

Strength training is both safe and effective for children and adolescents of all ages. Injury rates are lower than for many other sports and the health and psychological benefits will have long reaching effects on the quality of the child's life.

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