Friday, September 7, 2007

Laying A Solid Strength Foundation For Young Athletes

When training young people for sports activities, it is important to lay a solid foundation before progressing to heavier weight lifting exercises. The following exercises are great for preparing the young athlete for more intense training:

--body weight (squats, lunges, push ups)
--medicine ball (throwing exercises)
--light dumbbell (total body exercises)
--stability ball (great for core exercises)
--low boxes (jumping exercises and step exercises)

The focus for the young athlete should be to gain core strength, overall strength and postural control. Learning how to do the exercises correctly should be a priority.

Keep the training fun for young athletes by mixing in exercises such as jump rope games, climbing games, cone drills and pulling/pushing games. Young athletes can safely begin some basic strength training when they are old enough to participate in team sports,which is usually 5 or 6 years old.

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