STRENGTH TRAINING BENEFICIAL FOR TEENAGERSNovember 12, 2013
Doing more than body weight exercises for teenagers is 100% fine!
In the past couple of years I have heard from Proactive clients that high schools haven’t been doing gym or resistance training with students. They have been telling the students that they risk premature closure of their growth plates and hence stunts there growth.
This policy aimed at preventing students from injury, actually increases their likelihood of future injuries. It is a bad policy!
This myth has no scientific support at all. In fact the list of benefits of strength training in teenagers is massive:
– the loading of muscles and tendons hardens them
– the gentle loading of the growth plates (just as for the bones) stimulates more growth plate activity. Teenagers long bones increase their density, they get thicker and they grow longer.
– resistance training also lays down important motor patterns.
I have to wonder if the issue really is whether the strength and conditioning coaches are worried about incorrect technique causing litigation …..
Basically there are many, many benefits and no genuine risks to strength training. I believe this one is a “no brainer”. Get training!
If you have any concerns with your teenagers please contact us at Proactive Physio on 07 3356 3888.
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