Fitness Q & A - Does Strength Training Stunt Growth?
One key point that I have preached endlessly is the fact that an orthopedic assessment MUST precede any strength training prescription. Postural defects can be made worse by incorrect application of strength training and conversely improved by correct application. An assessment is a mandatory precursor to any child's strength training program.
Recommended Youth Training Exercises: Obstacle courses, rope pulling, climbing, vertical strength (standing push-ups), hanging exercises, bodyweight exercises and medicine ball based activities/throws, horizontal strength (push-ups, pull-ups)
Recommendations for Advanced Youth Training: High intensity plyometrics, dumbbell & barbell exercises, single leg squats, deadlifts, and cleans
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