Strength Training for Children & Adolesecents by Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness

 
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Strength Training by Children and Adolescents

Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Abstract

Pediatricians are often asked to give advice on the safety and efficacy of strength-training programs for children and adolescents. This statement, which is a revision of a previous American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, defines relevant terminology and provides current information on risks and benefits of strength training for children and adolescents.

Strength training (also known as resistance training) is a common component of sports and physical fitness programs for young people, although some adolescents may use strength training as a means to enhance muscle size for improving...

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