A paper recently published by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and co-authored by Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, author of Youth Strength Training, provides information on the subject relevant to physical education teachers, youth sports coaches and parents.
The article cited the following benefits of youth strength training:
- increased muscular strength and endurance;
- enhanced muscle development;
- improved bone mineral density, body composition and blood lipid profiles; and
- increased joint flexibility, motor skills performance, coordination and psychosocial characteristics.
The article also highlighted the fact that there is absolutely no evidence that properly performed and appropriately supervised youth strength training results in stunted growth, bone growth plate damage, musculoskeletal injury, or pain.
You can read more about this paper in the Quincy, MA Patroit Ledger.
You can read more about the book, Youth Strength Training, by Avery Faigenbaum, PhD, CSCS and Wayne Westcott, PhD, CSCS on this website.