When it comes to sports, power is king & having high amounts of power comes from having the right amount of strength compared to body weight.
Why? Power = Strength x Speed
Strength is half the equation to producing power and is essential to becoming a high level athlete. When it comes to youth athletes, most of those that stand out at young ages are highly elastic and are able to produce force quickly. This is the speed component of our power equation.
Top 3 Reasons Youth Athletes Need More Strength
- As athletes get older and move up in competition the amount of force (strength) produced quickly is what will continue to set apart moving towards the division 1 level. This is where strength comes into play. The athlete that produces high levels of strength in the shortest amount of time is the one that will run faster, jump higher and change direction the quickest, these athletic components.
- Youth athletes that focus on strength will develop higher amounts of neuromuscular connection allowing them to use more muscle fibers during athletics in shorter amount of time. This "mind muscle connection" increases coordination in movement teaching muscles to fire faster increasing overall athleticism.
- Quite possibly one of the greatest benefits of strength training for young athletes is the impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. Studies have shown an increase in positive self image with regular strength training. The rigors of a strength program, within reason, help a young athlete gain focus, attention and dedication. They see what their body can do that it couldn’t do before. All that in addition to improved body composition from their training. The resulting confidence and self-esteem helps them not only in their sport, but in all avenues of life.
At the end of the day strength training is the a key to changing your physical and mental ability as an athlete wanting to push themselves to the next level of sports and life. If your child is ready compete with themselves and for those highly sought after scholarships, then there is no question to whether they should start strength training or not. Don't delay, start strength training today!