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There has been a negative view on resistance and strength training for youth and adolescents. Many parents cringe at the thought, but do not realize their children are doing resistance training in some form everyday.  Each time they pick up their backpack, or bags of groceries they are resistance training. According the the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the term resistance training refers to, ‘ a specialized method of conditioning, which involves the progressive use of a wide range of resistive loads and a variety of training modalities designed to enhance health, fitness, and sports performance (2009).’ The information below is provided by The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.


5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Strength Train

  1. A properly supervised resistance training program can mitigate the likelihood of injuries.  
  2. A appropriately designed strength and resistance training program can improve cardiovascular health in youth and adolescence. 
  3. A properly designed resistance training program can improve motor skill performance and contribute to enhancing youth sports performance. 
  4. When resistance and strength training programs are introduced at a young age it promote regular exercise habits during childhood, into adolescence and as adults..
  5. Resistance and strength training programs can help improve the psychosocial well-being of youth.   Organized exercise programming led by qualified coaches will build confident and give your child owner-ship over how to properly move their body.


by Tiarra Mc Gee, Parisi Sports Performance and Speed Coach

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