Grunt Performance Inc
Welcome to Episode 5 of the #AskSquatU show! This week's question came from @tbpothof!
Many people are still under the assumption that weight training is dangerous for young children. However, When you look at the statistics, there is actually a very LOW risk of injury to children who participate in weight training & the sport of weightlifting or powerlifting. This is often attributed to good coaching and qualified supervision. It may surprise you that the injury rates for young athletes participating in the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting are considerably lower than those of rugby, soccer and football!
For example, one research study followed a group of competitive weightlifters (11-14 years old) over an entire year of training and competing. After a full year, there was not a single injury found that limited training or required professional medical attention. It was even safe for young athletes to find their 1 repetition maximum (1RM) without fear of injury (provided proper technique and supervision). The force an athlete sustains when performing a maximal strength test (such as a 1 RM squat) is actually less than what they would be exposed to on a daily basis in most other sports. Youth weight training also does NOT automatically cause growth plate fractures or stunt growth!
The sets/rep scheme for a child will be dependent upon a number of factors such as how well they move (movement age) and how long they've been training (training age). A 10 year old participating in weightlifting for 3 years will be able to handle a different work load than a 13 year old who is just starting. Finding a good coach - who understands this is key to safely integrating into weight training!
To read more about how safe weight training is for young athletes and for links to the research we discuss above, check out the article link in our bio!
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