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Relative Safety of Weightlifting Movements for Youth

Faigenbaum, Avery1; McFarland, James2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - pp 23-25
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31817761c3
COLUMNS: High School Corner

APPROPRIATELY SUPERVISED AND WELL-DESIGNED RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS CAN BE SAFE AND BENEFICIAL FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (3,4,7). THERE REMAINS CONCERN THAT SELECTED RESISTANCE EXERCISES, WEIGHTLIFTING MOVEMENTS AND MODIFIED CLEANS, PULLS AND PRESSES, MAY BE POTENTIALLY INJURIOUS. THIS COLUMN WILL REVIEW THE AVAILABLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE REGARDING THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF WEIGHTLIFTING MOVEMENTS FOR YOUTH AND HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR INCORPORATING THESE LIFTS INTO YOUTH RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS.

1Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey; 2Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, New Jersey

Avery Faigenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey.

James McFarland is a Health and Physical Education Teacher for Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough New Jersey, and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for grades 5-12.

© 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association