The decline in strength and athleticism that we’ve have seen in young ball players coming in to our facility for their initial assessment in the past 10 years is alarming. These young athletes come in all shapes, sizes but most walk in looking like the classic “thin, string bean, gumby-type”. They usually struggle to perform elementary movements like squats, push-ups and lunges. And they are generally the same athletes that are experiencing more extensive injuries such as Little League shoulder and bicep tendinitis.
We’re often asked if the potential benefits of youth resistance training come at a risk. Unfortunately, these questions are fueled by obscured myths surrounding strength training. Here are five of the most common myths associated with strength training in youth:
- Myth #1: Strength training will stunt the growth of children
- Myth #2: Strength training is unsafe for children
- Myth #3: Children cannot increase strength because they do not have enough Testosterone
- Myth #4: Strength training is only for young athletes
- Myth #5: The sport of weightlifting is inappropriate for children
The sooner we can give a young athlete confidence in their ability to execute the necessary motor skills to safely build strength, move more efficiently, and perform on the field, the sooner they will take ownership of their own training and be able to carry this ownership through their high school years and beyond.