Hello everyone, today we are sharing four myths about strength training that parents must understand. Hope you like them!
We often hear words like: "Can my child lift weights?" or "I heard that children should not lift weights until they are grown up."
Some parents even said that some doctors told their children that they should not lift weights-and this child is already a freshman in high school! Obviously, this parent, including the doctor, has carefully designed strength training for young athletes and under effective supervision The benefits are not well understood.
Today in 2020, and even in the future, we still need to continue to resolve parents’ questions and concerns about youth strength training. Today we will answer questions for parents.
If those parents and coaches understand that youth strength training, or more appropriately, resistance exercises, is not just performed under a heavy barbell, then many concerns about weightlifting or strength training will be resolved. For these adults, their memory or impression of strength training is the image of a weightlifter in the Olympics!
Figure 1-Image of weightlifting
In fact, resistance training is the exercise that resists any resistance, including self-weight exercises (squats, push-ups, pull-ups), resistance bands, equipment, dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells. For young, inexperienced athletes (actually all athletes), they should pay more attention to technique under overload conditions.
Will my child get injured when lifting weights? Yes, there is this risk. The exact injury statistics are difficult to determine, but in general, the risk of strength training injuries is lower than the risk of sports injuries.
Repeat it again-the risk of injury in strength training is lower than in competition. Here is the kick-proper design and supervised strength training can actually reduce the risk of injury!
Of course, injuries can occur during strength training or due to strength training, but these injuries are usually due to improper training skills, excessive weight bearing, poorly designed equipment, easily available equipment, or lack of qualified adult supervision. Likewise, properly designed and monitored procedures are necessary. Just as it is dangerous to enter a chemistry laboratory without a well-educated and qualified chemistry teacher, young athletes should participate in strength training programs designed and supervised by qualified personnel.
This ancient story is related to early research on malnourished young Japanese boys working at loading docks. Note: Malnutrition! There is clear evidence that malnutrition is the main cause of underdevelopment.
On the other hand, strength training is also related to children's bone health and is actually part of the weekly physical activity recommendations. "As part of children's physical activity for 60 minutes or more a day, muscle and bone strengthening activities should be part of 60 minutes of physical activity at least 3 days a week."
This fallacy also comes from an old and flawed study. Unfortunately, the first study is often remembered, and it will take 25 years or more to fight it as dross.
This is what 1978 said: “The development of strength seems to be closely related to sexual maturity. Therefore, specific strength training can only be effective after puberty.”
Figure 4-Youth Strengthening
But the facts show that after a well-designed and implemented strength training program, the muscle strength of children and adolescents will increase.
In addition to improving muscle strength, strength also has positive benefits, such as self-confidence and cardiovascular health. It is also worth emphasizing that strength training can reduce the risk of injury for young athletes! Remember, the best ability is not strength or explosive power, but always available! If young athletes are injured, they cannot participate in the competition.
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