News Flash- Weight Training is Good for Kids


A recent NY Times article once again debunked the myth that weight training is bad for children. On the plus side this is good for business. On the minus side expect another crop of genius parents coming through the door with 5 year olds.

Here is a quote from the article to read the entire piece, click the link above.

” a major new review just published in Pediatrics, together with a growing body of other scientific reports, suggest that, in fact, weight training can be not only safe for young people, it can also be beneficial, even essential.”

5 Responses to “News Flash- Weight Training is Good for Kids”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    I think thy have some good stuff.

  2. Paul Clarke Says:

    Thanks for that Mike. It’s really good stuff. Missed that on SC.com…just shows that I need to go back and dig into the site again for some more gems!! I like that in it’s simplicity there is real effectiveness. They really are playing to their audience in terms of content and format; the player-needs centered approach comes through strong. And again the simplicity shows that with the proper planning, preparation and imagination coaches can reproduce something similar. My favorite line though is at the end when they advise that the process may take up to three years. Patience is something we need to be cognisant of at all times especially with kids.

  3. Any opinions on the IYCA.org for youth specific training?

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Paul- have you looked at the TPI Cyclone circuit? I love the idea of hitting on al the fundamental skills of sports this way.

  5. Good article, however the danger is that a couple of words/terms are in danger of getting lost; properly supervised and fun. In terms of strength training for kids I reckon we need to use more common sense than common science. If we just look at strength training for kids in the context of play and fun then we are safe enough. In fact I’d be slow to even use the word strength because if we coach enough movement and make the demands progressively and gradually harder through fun games then we are ticking the box as regards strength development. In terms of being properly supervised, the coach really needs to know and understand the audience and tailor to their needs instead of falling into the trap of training them as little adults. All that said the article is only relevant because kids aren’t active enough or some pursuits are deemed too dangerous; anyone in their mid 30s probably grew up climbing trees etc. It didn’t do much harm, so it just goes to show that all the coaches need to do is use a little imagination!

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