Athlete Intelligence Blog

7 Reasons Youth Athletes Need To Strength Train

10/20/17 6:07 AM / by David Gallaher

pexels-photo-346796.jpgYour child or student has the right equipment, eats the right food, gets enough sleep, and attends practice regularly. And yet, he or she might still be at risk for physical injury. Our seven reasons why it is imperative that young athletes should strength train will give you the real scoop on a crucial activity that is often overlooked in children’s sports:


7. Preparing Children’s Bodies For Intense Sports Activity

Boy and girls are not born with the musculature and joints necessary to sustain intense and repetitive athletic activity—they have to ease into it. Strength training develops their musculoskeletal system and prepares it for the specific activities they will do in their sport.


6. Increasing Self-Esteem

Strength training not only prepares the child’s body for the athletic challenges ahead of him or her, but can instill added confidence. As the strength training continues there is an increase in ability, stamina, and performance—and has a visible impact a swell that gives added pride.


5. Preventing Overuse Injuries

Repetitive injuries are common among youth athletes and often the first signs aren’t even understood or acknowledged. Strength training developed for your child or student’s particular sport will make joints and muscles stronger and flexible over time to resist such injuries.


4. Improving Sports Performance

It’s sort of a no-brainer: added physical strength leads to better performance out on the field or in the court. But other bonuses to adding strength training to your child or student’s workout regimen includes increased flexibility and less time lost due to injuries.


3. Receiving Extra Physical Guidance And Care

Working with a strength training professional will give the child an extra layer of guidance regarding his or her current physical status—pinpointing any potential trouble spots that might come back to hurt him or her during the games ahead. An ounce of prevention is worth an pound of cure!


2. Building A Support Team For The Athlete

The strength trainer, coach, and fellow athletes can create a “super team” of support for the child, each bringing a particular skill and perspective to the table. This is crucial for not only peak physical performance but for a sense of camaraderie and emotional strength.


1. It’s A New Fun Skill To Enjoy

Learning the basics of strength training is, in a sense, a type of sport in and of itself. It adds to the diversity of the child’s skills and opens up new aspects of physical fitness and activities to absorb and enjoy. And in the end—it’s all about the joy and sense of accomplishment the activity brings!


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