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Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Sep;31(9):27-8. doi: 10.3810/psm.2003.09.485.

Choosing a strength training program for kids.

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


Whether your child is involved in sports, does recreational activities, or just needs to be more active, a strength training program can be one part of a well-balanced youth fitness program. Improved muscle coordination gained from strength training can increase athletic performance and help prevent some on-field injuries in sports. You may notice your child gaining more self confidence and better social skills along with muscle strength. Good strength training can improve bone health and also help overweight kids lose unwanted pounds. You want your child's exercise to be safe, but what should you look for before your child begins strength training?


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