It is a long standing myth that resistance training is inherently unsafe for kids to do. However, claims to support this are often founded in anecdotal evidence or debunked research. Let’s take a look at a couple of the more prevalent myths surrounding resistance training for youth and at what the science actually has to tell us: First up: Weight Training in Youth leads to Injury There have been studies that reported a high rate of injury incidence among youth participating in resistance training, specifically to the lower back and to growth plates in bones. When we look closer into that research, the main causes of injury are not due to the effects of resistance training itself, but rather due to adjustable factors within the resistance training session such as: Poor technique Improper loading (e.g. lifting too heavy too soon, or too many repetitions) Mishandling of equipment Lack of appropriate coaching/sup...
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