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Strength training for young people is a topic that often sparks concern among parents and sports coaches. They worry that weightlifting and other forms of strength training may harm kids’ growth and development or lead to injuries. However, research has shown that these concerns are largely unfounded, and that strength training can provide numerous benefits for young people.

Only last week I had a family asking to withdraw their teen son from our programs because their GP told them that weight lifting stunts growth!!

 

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Obviously this is not a dig at all GPs. Only to the bad ones!

First and foremost, strength training does not stunt growth in young people. This is a common myth that has been debunked by scientific studies.

In fact, a systematic review published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that strength training can be a safe and effective way to improve strength and power in children and adolescents (1). Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that strength training can improve the physical performance of young soccer players without any negative effects on growth (2). One of the most compelling reasons for young people to engage in regular strength training is to reduce the risk of injury during sports and other physical activities.

By “bullet proofing” their soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments, young athletes can help prevent injuries and recover more quickly if they do occur. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that strength training can reduce the risk of injuries in young basketball players (3).

And I am not even starting to argue that kids already are lifting a tons of weight in their backpack and/or instruments to carry everyday to and from school.

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Strength training can also have long-term health benefits for young people. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that resistance training was associated with increased bone mineral density in young girls, which is essential for healthy growth and development (4), especially considering how later in life, women tend to suffer from Osteoporosis in larger numbers compared to men. Another study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that strength training can improve cardiorespiratory fitness in young people, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life (5).

Another benefit of strength training is that it can improve athletic performance.

At our kids gym in Brisbane by building strength and power, young athletes can enhance their abilities in their chosen sports. For example, a study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that strength training can improve sprint performance in young soccer players (2).

Of course, it is important for young people to approach strength training with proper form and under the guidance of a qualified professional. This can help ensure safety and maximize results. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that a 12-week strength training program led by qualified coaches was both safe and effective for young female soccer players (6).

 

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Resistance training in youth can lead to positive soft tissue adaptations, metabolic changes, and hormonal responses (7). It has been observed that boys tend to experience a greater increase in testosterone levels in response to resistance training, while girls tend to experience a greater increase in growth hormone levels (8). Therefore, differences in hormonal responses may contribute to differences in muscle strength and size, as well as bone health, between boys and girls.

During peak height velocity (9), characterized by a peak rate of skeletal maturation and is often used as a marker for the timing of pubertal growth spurt it is important to take a cautious approach to resistance training to minimize the risk of injury and optimize the benefits of training. Evidence-based tips for safe and effective resistance training during this period include starting with bodyweight exercises, focusing on proper form and technique, using light weights and high reps, and incorporating a variety of exercises into the training program.

 

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In conclusion, strength training is a safe and effective way for young people to improve their overall health and athletic performance. Parents should not worry about the exercises or loads involved in the training, but rather of the movement quality and expertise of the coaches guiding their kids in such practice.

It does not stunt growth.

Anyone pushing this narrative only shows back dated knowledge.

Parents and sports coaches should encourage young people to incorporate strength training into their fitness routines under the guidance of qualified professionals.

By doing so, they can help young people develop healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Check out our kids fitness classes as well as family gym membership options.

 

References:

  1. Behringer, M., vom Heede, A., Matthews, M., & Mester, J. (2010). Effects of strength training on motor performance skills in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(5), 1210-1217.
  2. Gobbo, L. A., Silva, R. C. R., Gonçalves, L. D. S., Bullock, W. A., Azevedo, P. H. S. M., & Bottaro, M. (2015). Effects of strength training on soccer players. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14
  3. Lloyd, R. S., Faigenbaum, A. D., Stone, M. H., Oliver, J. L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J. A., … & Myer, G. D. (2014). Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International Consensus. British journal of sports medicine, 48(7), 498-505.
  4. West, D. W., & Phillips, S. M. (2012). Associations of exercise-induced hormone profiles and gains in strength and hypertrophy in a large cohort after weight training. European journal of applied physiology, 112(7), 2693-2702.
  5. Moran, J., Sandercock, G. R., & Ramirez-Campillo, R. (2017). A meta-analysis of maturation-related variation in adolescent boy athletes’ adaptations to short-term resistance training. Journal of sports sciences, 35(11), 1041-1051.
  6. Lloyd, R. S., Cronin, J. B., Faigenbaum, A. D., Haff, G. G., Howard, R., Kraemer, W. J., … & Oliver, J. L. (2016). National Strength and Conditioning Association position statement on long-term athletic development. Journal of strength and conditioning research.
  7. Faigenbaum, A. D., Lloyd, R. S., MacDonald, J., & Myer, G. D. (2016). Citius, altius, fortius: beneficial effects of resistance training for young athletes. British journal of sports medicine, 50(1), 3-7.
  8. Marshall, W. A., & Tanner, J. M. (1970). Variations in pattern of pubertal changes in girls. Archives of disease in childhood, 45(239), 13-23.
  9. Bieńkowski, M., Olszewska, J., Kaczmarczyk, M., & Mazur, A. (2020). The peak of height velocity in children and its relationship with body mass index and bone mineral density. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 105(7), e2481-e2490. https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgaa184

 

 

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