#OakLife Show – Episode #57 – Strength & Conditioning for Kids

#OakLife Show – Episode #57 – Strength & Conditioning for Kids

In the right environment, and with proper supervision and technique, strength training for kids has been deemed safe and effective for kids and has been approved by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

BUT!!! The following are safety guidelines every parent SHOULD FOLLOW:

– A qualified individual (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or athletic trainer) must be present. Don’t just go to that dude’s garage.

– There must not be too many other kids at the same session. Too many is like herding cats.

– Stress proper technique, rather than increased weight. Make the movement pretty…oh so pretty.

– Proper form will decrease the risk of a soft-tissue injury. Kids should NEVER get hurt in training!

– Stress proper nutritional guidelines! Don’t just eat candy. Happy Halloween.

– Train in two to three sessions spread throughout the week. They’re kids. Don’t get crazy.

– With proper early direction, children learn safety standards that can benefit them throughout their lives. This is really the long term goal:)

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