Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International Consensus
Lloyd RS, Faigenbaum AD, Stone MH, Oliver JL, Jeffreys I, Moody JA, Brewer C, Pierce KC, McCambridge TM, Howard R, Herrington L, Hainline B, Micheli LJ, Jaques R, Kraemer WJ, McBride MG, Best TM, Chu DA, Alvar BA, Myer GD. Br J Sports Med. 2013 Sep 20. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092952. [Epub ahead of print].
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This consensus statement was adapted from the position statement of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (full text freely available). The document has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM); British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT); International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS); Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK (FSEM); North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM); National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA); Chief Medical Ofﬁcer, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The document discusses the “effects of growth and maturation on the development of muscular strength during childhood and adolescence”, “health benefits of resistance training for youth”, “injury prevention benefits of resistance training for youth”, “psychological benefits of resistance training for youth”, “effectiveness of youth resistance training for the development of muscle strength, motor skill and physical performance”, and “resistance training guidelines for children and adolescents” (e.g., exercise selection, progression of volume and intensity). The document ends with a summary highlighting six key points.
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