Speed Improvement Focus: WEIGHT TRAINING MYTH AND FACT SHEET

WEIGHT TRAINING MYTH AND FACT SHEET

Myth #1 Young children do not need strength training.

Fact: For over 50 years, test results of children in the U S have revealed poor upper body (arm and shoulder) and abdominal strength; considerably worse than European children. Strength in these areas is critical to adequate performance of daily chores, performance in a wide variety of physical education activities and sports, and in the prevention of soft tissue injuries. Widespread use of weight training and other strength training programs in physical education, recreation, and home fitness programs can easily eliminate the problem.

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