7 Reasons Youth Athletes Need to Strength Train
1) Youth are at high risk of injury due to their immature physical development.
2) Youth have a higher incidence of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
These conditions require regular medical attention. However, most youth do not receive proper treatment or follow up care. If they do get treated properly, the results may be better than those seen with adults who don’t exercise regularly.
3) Youth are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by weak bones that eventually lead to fractures. When bones become brittle, they break easily and cause pain and disability. Osteoporosis affects men and women equally, but it’s more common among girls than boys. Although there are many factors involved in its onset, one major factor is lack of physical activity during childhood.
Physical activity helps prevent osteoporosis.
4) Youth need to develop strong muscles and bones so they can perform activities like running, jumping, climbing stairs, lifting weights, etc.
Strong muscles and bones help them withstand the stress of strenuous activities. They will be able to handle more weight when performing strenuous tasks later in life.
5) Youth need to strengthen their lungs because they breathe through their mouths rather than taking in air through their nose or mouth.
They are prone to getting nosebleeds or suffering from other upper respiratory problems.
6) Youth need to engage in a healthy lifestyle that will prepare them for the long-term health consequences they will experience as adults.
This includes eating a well-balanced diet and engaging in proper nutrition, reducing the incidence of obesity, developing good money management and financial planning skills, and learning to manage their own stress levels.
7) The youth will develop an awareness of their bodies and be able to communicate effectively with their physician about any changes in their physical health.
They will also learn the importance of preventative medicine and the necessity to complete an annual physical examination.
With these seven reasons in mind, we can see that proper strength training is necessary for all youth to succeed during their lifetime. We can also see how strength training can be used as a teaching tool to educate youth about living a healthy lifestyle.
To start with, why is strength training important for youth?
There are so many reasons why youth need to strength train. Here are a few of them:
Now that you know the benefits of strength training as well as reasons why youth should strength train, I’ll explain how a parent can go about implementing this into their child’s lifestyle.
First, talk to your child’s primary care physician about whether or not your child is healthy enough to start strength training.
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