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KID STUFF: Effective Strategies for Developing Young Athletes

Faigenbaum, Avery D. Ed.D., CSCS, FACSM; Myer, Gregory D. Ph.D., CSCS, FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318264cac8

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • To be aware of the latest trends in physical activity and fitness conditioning for school-aged youth

• To understand the potential benefits and concerns associated with youth strength and conditioning

• To gain knowledge to design resistance training programs that enhance physical fitness and reduce the risk of sport-related injuries in aspiring young athletes

Contemporary youth are not as active as they should be and participation in organized sports does not ensure that youth are exposed to adequate amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Participation in youth sport should evolve out of preparatory fitness conditioning which includes resistance training and motor skill development

Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D., CSCS, FACSM, is a full professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, where his research focuses on the role that resistance exercise plays in the health and fitness of children and adolescents.

Greg Myer, Ph.D., CSCS, FACSM, is codirector of research for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and holds primary academic appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery within the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine