If you’re a parent of a child under age 18, you might be wondering if strength training that your children are doing at the gym or as part of a sports team are stunting your child’s growth.
There is a mountain of research to support the safety and effectiveness of progressively making movement more challenging using med balls, sandbags, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, cardio machines, and anything else that makes a movement more challenging for a child.
- Resistance training decreases injury rates in young athletes
- Resistance training can improve coordination and overall proficiency with movement
- Resistance training can improve strength and force production
- Kids as young as 5 have been found to benefit from a resistance training program
- A well designed and supervised resistance training program is safe and effective for young athletes