Strength training benefits for kids and teens

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According to the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association), youth who strength train are less likely to get injured and recover more quickly once injured. What are some other benefits of strength training for youth?

  1. Promote growth. Research shows that if children start strength training between age 12-14, 90% of them will be as tall or even taller than their father when they reach age 17.

  2. Promote bone density and make the bones stronger.

  3. Improve cardiovascular and respiratory function. A study of children aged 13-16 revealed that the average resting heart rate of 14-year-olds who had been doing strength training was 70 beats/minute, which was 10 beats lower than for those who had not been regularly strength training. Active people often have a lower resting heart rate because their heart muscle is in better condition and doesn't need to work as hard to maintain a steady beat.

patty lee