This Controversial Breakthrough on Strength Training Can Boost Your Child's Health
November 25, 2010
There were once doubts that strength training held any benefits for children. But a new research review confirms that children and teenagers can increase their muscle strength with regular workouts.
The findings support recent recommendations from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) that kids strength-train two to three times a week under professional supervision.
Studies have shown that children's risk of injury from strength training is no greater than that from other types of exercise or sports, and the potential benefits of such training, such as increased bone density and decreased body fat, generally outweigh any risks.
"Overall ... the training was effective at boosting kids' strength, with gains being greater among older kids versus prepubertal children (typically about age 10 or younger) ... The average strength gain varied widely among the studies, but in the majority the kids improved their strength by 20 percent to 40 percent of their starting levels."