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].
Link to Position Statement (Full Text Not Freely Available)

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.