Saturday, October 8, 2022

Resistance Training and Youths :

Resistance Training and Youths
If you're a teenager and you want to start free-weights training then read on for my facts about safe resistance training for young men or women. There's nothing to be afraid about when it comes to free-weights training when you follow some basic safety precautions.

The biggest myth about weight training, for the young, is that it will stunt your growth and increase potential for injury. In truth, free-weights training can actually be safer than sports such as skateboarding, roller-blading, cycling, basketball, gymnastics, football or even rugby, when injuries per/hour of participation are taken into consideration.

In addition to the obvious strength gains of free-weights training, there are other much more useful outcomes for this age group, such as improved motor fitness skills like strength, speed, power, balance, co-ordination, stability, agility, and more. These skills enhance a youth's general sports performance and better equip those youths performance in a sporting arena.

Not to mention that free-weights training will bolster a young athlete's bone strength and muscle function, as well as, get the youth's brain working more quickly with enhanced coordination and reflexes. It also makes them feel good, too! This affects their performance and desire to get more involved in team sports.

I'm only talking about free-weights NOT machine related training. That's because the body controls the path of the bar that free-weights require in conjunction with the body segments in three-dimensional movement. This type of exercise is better for stimulating and stabilising the muscles involved in movement, which will improve sports performance.

On the other hand, machines control all movement in only one dimension, which can possibly detrain co-ordination and stabilisation functions of muscles. In addition, the majority of machines are designed for adults in mind. As such, motion patterns are often unsuitable for younger athletes.

A youth should seek a highly knowledgeable and accredited coach's advice before embarking on free-weights training. In the UK, the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association's (UKSCA) Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) is the benchmark of quality in the strength and conditioning profession.

One should always remember to ask a coach about their qualifications in advance of a training session so you have plenty of time to check if their experience is sufficient enough to meet your requirements.

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