Strength training, when done properly, offers many benefits to young athletes and kids who want to look, feel, and perform better in their chosen sport or in life in general. In fact, strength training can help put your child on a lifelong path to better health and fitness.
Don’t confuse strength training with weightlifting, bodybuilding or powerlifting. These activities encourage one to lift heavy weights to build bigger muscles. Weightlifting can put strain on young muscles and tendons that haven’t fully developed or turned to bone yet (growth plates).
For kids, light resistance and controlled movement (under supervision of a Certified Sports Conditioning Coach) is recommended. It’s at this young age that proper form and safety techniques are developed, which carry through to adulthood.
What are some benefits of strength training?
- When done properly, sports conditioning programs can increase your child’s strength, agility and endurance.
- Pre and post-season clinics and camps help protect muscles and joints from potential sports-related injuries.
- Improve your child’s overall performance, help them meet or even exceed “personal best” goals, and advance in skill in their chosen sport.
Even if your child is not interested in sports, strength training can help with the following:
- Strengthen bones
- Promote a healthy lifestyle
- Help maintain a healthy body mass index
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
Sports Performance training is ideal for children of any age. Since many school-aged children begin playing more competitive sports around second and third grade, most pre-season strength and conditioning camps are well-suited to athletes as young as 8. So long as a child can follow directions and practice good form and technique, they will reap the many realized benefits that year-round conditioning offers.
Although results don’t happen overnight, parent and children alike take fast notice of marked improvements in muscle strength, endurance, mood and confidence, which can help them excel in their sport or just feel more healthy and alive. Any way you slice it, Sports Performance is a win: win game.
If your child is interested in beginning strength training we would love to invite you to try our Fall Pre-season Sports Performance Camp, beginning July 6th and running until mid-August. Give us a call at 609-880-0880 or visit www.fitherapy.com.