When should my child begin to lift weights?

When should my child begin to lift weights?
There are many health and fitness benefits to resistance training.  Not only does it enhance muscular strength, it improves fundamental movement skills, increases bone mineral density, improves cardiorespiratory function, helps in weight management and body composition, and reduces injury risk in sport.   Despite the established benefits of resistance training, many health care professionals, teachers, coaches and parents have been led to believe that it is inappropriate to implement at the youth level.  Probably the most common myth and unfound belief is that it is unsafe.   This is just not true. In fact, research findings indicate a relatively low risk of injury in children and adolescents who follow age-appropriate resistance training guidelines with qualified supervision and instruction (see here). Even the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) provides a position statement (see here) that encourages resistance training in youth populations given the myriad of health benefits. Did you know that regular physical activity during childhood and adolescence not only promote growth and development, but has been shown to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease later in life?  (see here) At Uncommon Physical Therapy, not only do we help train your child how to properly move, we develop a comprehensive and individualized performance plan, and guide you along the way. There is nothing wrong with getting strong.   Visit UncommonPT.com to schedule your visit today!