Will strength training lead to growth plate injuries and/or soft tissue injuries? Isn't strength training only for athletes or those older than 12 years?
These are all very common questions and here we debunk the myths surrounding them.
Exercise and sport are an important part of childhood, lessons learned from team and individual sports are applicable throughout life. However, strength training should be individualised based on age, maturity, personal goals and objectives.
Although there are factors such as heredity, training experience and health habits (sleep/nutrition) that will influence the rate and magnitude of adaptation, there are a few principles for an effective program which include -Progression, Regularity, Overload, Creativity, Enjoyment, Socialization, and supervision. A strength training program that is specifically designed, controlled and in a supervised environment can help children/adolescence of all athletic abilities.