As a coach I’ve been asked by many concerned parents if weight lifting for their child will stunt growth or cause undue injuries as the old wives tale passed as common knowledge says.
Contrary to popular belief, youth weight lifting is extremely popular in many developing countries due to its low cost and ease of transition into other sports.
So are the benefits to weight lifting for youth athletes anyway?
- Bone Density: Kids & adults alike benefit from increased bone density from weight lifting. Improving the density of bones is vital to reducing breaks from outside forces.
- Range Of Motion: Strength through the full range of motion increases an athletes flexibility while reinforcing proper movement patterns. Improved ankle, knee & hip mobility equals less injuries for your kid.
- Power = Strength x Speed: Without enough strength an athlete won't be able to produce enough power to move their body explosively.
But why is this myth considered fact in the first place?
Weight lifting for youth athletes can be unsafe if they have not been properly taught how to perform the movement they are attempting. However, this goes for any athlete, youth or adult.
At The Facility Sports we have a 3 phase system for every athlete to progress through:
- Technique: Whether it be weight lifting, running or jumping technique is always #1. Not only will proper technique keep you safe, it will also enhance your natural ability.
- Tempo: The speed that an athlete is able to move is the next biggest focus in our training progression. Once an athlete can perform a movement with proper form then they must be able to execute the movement with maximum intent. Not only does this prepare athletes for lifting heavier weights later on, it also improves nervous system response and increases the speed at which they move on the field or court.
- Load: The 3rd and final phase in the progression is the weight itself. For all athletes we limit the weight to form failure, meaning that if they are unable to complete a lift with proper form the weight is regressed until they are able to complete it with proper technique. As they progress the weight will increase only if form is maintained.
As a parent you want the best for your child and we understand.
That’s why we emphasize step-by-step progress to help your child reach their ultimate potential then it's time to find a professional in your area and give them the leg up on the competition!