youth training

Resistance training and youth

Resistance training and youth

Faigenbaum and Myer, 2009 completed a literature review of youth involved in resistance training. As anyone in the field can observe, younger and younger children are weightlifting and more children are participating in sports. Resistance training should be used to prevent injury and enhance sport performance at that age- not the other way around. It(…)

Plyometrics and Children

Plyometrics and Children

Having previously discussed the safety of weightlifting in youth, we will now look at plyometircs. Johnson et al 2011 completed a literature review on children using plyometrics. Similarly to how many fear children using weights, some fear them using plyometrics. This is even more irrational given that traditional games like hop scotch and leap frog(…)

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Sindig-Larson-Johnson syndrome is an apophysitis of the tibial tuberosity. The site where many of tendons of the thigh muscles attach to bone actually swells. This inflammatory reaction is painful and can have effects on the child. It generally happens during the rapid development of puberty when the skeleton and the muscles (and their joining tendons)(…)

Osteochondritis Dissicans

Osteochondritis Dissicans

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (a condition described by Legg, Calve, Perthes and Waldenstrom in the early 20th century) strikes children and can leave them crippled. Rates vary from 6/100,000 to 15/100,000 depending on the population studied though it appears to be of higher frequency among anglo-saxons. It is currently believed that osteochondritis dissicans is a local phenomenon(…)

Exercise at school

Exercise at school

Harris et al 2009 performed a meta-analysis of the literature on the effects of school-based health and exercise interventions. Of nearly 400 articles, 18 were performed to sufficient standard to meet inclusion criteria. The analysis shows that at this time, school-based health and exercise interventions did not change BMI or % body fat. This would(…)