In Kids

May 26, 2011

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Resistance training and kids is a contentious issue. Maurizio Guarrata and Dan Edelman offer some perspective from athletic training in Europe.

Youth resistance training has generated a lot of controversy over the years. Through the 1980s, the common wisdom held that youth resistance training was ineffective. In addition, a myth that weight training stunts children’s growth, typically seen as stemming from Kato and Ishiko’s study, persists even today.

However, over time, better-designed studies indicated that, indeed, strength can be increased in children and that resistance programs were not only safe but integral to children’s general fitness and sports performance. The wealth of empirical evidence specifying the positive impact of resistance training for kids has led many key authorities to come out in support of youth resistance training.

Safety is a critical dimension, no doubt, especially with respect to technique, but, again, practice and statistics show that when done with adequate supervision, resistance training with children and teens is relatively injury- and accident-free when compared to sports, while strength gains are genuine and help decrease the incidence of sports-related injuries.

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4 Comments on “CrossFit Kids and Youth Resistance Training: An Italian Perspective”

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wrote …

great article. Specifically I like the ideas of the invite format of strength training with a huge emphasis on technique, consistency, and then intensity. I work with a group of high school kids and we always have a team workout on the weekend that often incorporates a theme like hawaiian, harry potter, super hero, pirate, etc just to add in an extra dash of fun.

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Jeff Martin wrote …

Great article. Looks like an outstanding implementation of the CFK concept.

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wrote …

Great work Dan and Maurizio.
Extremely well written.

Enjoyed that very much.

Now off to look in the dictionary. :-)

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wrote …

Fantastic article Dan and Maurizio!
Filled with great info and an awesome reference section for further investigations.

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