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Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Sep;31(9):19-26. doi: 10.3810/psm.2003.09.482.

Strength training for children and adolescents: what can physicians recommend?

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Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA.

Abstract

Primary care physicians who see young patients are often asked about strength training programs for children. Some parents are seeking ways to give their child a competitive edge in sports. Many parents of overweight children seek guidance about which activities are effective for weight loss. Musculoskeletal injuries and epiphyseal fractures are also a concern. Informed clinicians can reassure parents that, with adult supervision, proper equipment, and realistic expectations, strength training programs designed for children and adolescents are safe and effective.

PMID:
20086488
DOI:
10.3810/psm.2003.09.482

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