Strength Training for kids? You bet!
Done properly, Strength Training offers many benefits to young athletes. Strength training is even a good idea for kids who simply want to look and feel better. In fact, strength training might put your child on a lifetime path to better health and fitness.
Strength Training, not weightlifting
Don’t confuse Strength Training with weightlifting, bodybuilding or power lifting. These activities are largely driven by competition, with participants vying for lift heavier weights or build bigger muscles than those of other athletes. This can put too much strain on young muscles, tendons and areas of cartilage that haven’t turned to bone (growth plates)—especially when proper techniques is sacrificed in favor of lifting larger amounts of weight. For kids, light resistances and controlled movements are best—with a special emphasis on proper technique and safety. Your child can do many Strength Training exercises with his or her own body weight or resistance bands. Free weights and machine weights are other options.
For kids, what are the benefits of strength training?
Done properly, Strength Training can:
- Help protect your child’s muscles and joints from sports-related injuries.
- Improve your child’s performance in nearly any sport, from dancing and figure skating to football, basketball, and soccer.
- Develop proper techniques that your child can continue to use as he or she grows older
Keep in mind that strength training isn’t only for athletes. Even if your child isn’t interested in sports, strength training can:
- Add to your child’s bone density.
- Help promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Help your child maintain a healthy weight.
- Improve your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Studies have demonstrated that children can improve strength by 30% - 50% after just 8 to 12 weeks of a well-designed strength training program.
The purpose of the Concordia Strength & Conditioning program is to foster physical development and athletic skill while teaching the value of personal discipline, character, commitment and subordination of self-interest to the higher goal of team achievement.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
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