RESISTANCE TRAINING HAS BECOME A POPULAR METHOD OF CONDITIONING FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN SCHOOLS, RECREATION CENTERS, AND SPORTS TRAINING FACILITIES. HOWEVER, THE GROWING POPULARITY OF YOUTH RESISTANCE TRAINING AND THE COMPLEX NATURE OF SOME TRAINING PROGRAMS RAISE NEW QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THIS TYPE OF TRAINING FOR YOUTH. IN THIS ARTICLE, THE INCIDENCE, SEVERITY, AND ETIOLOGY OF YOUTH RESISTANCE TRAINING INJURIES ARE REVIEWED, RISK FACTORS FOR RESISTANCE TRAINING-RELATED INJURIES ARE IDENTIFIED, AND INJURY PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR YOUTH WHO PERFORM RESISTANCE EXERCISE ARE DISCUSSED.
1Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey; 2Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center and 3Human Performance Laboratory, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; 4Department of Physical Activity and Sport, European University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain; and 5Department of Physical Education, National University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Avery Faigenbaum is a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey.
Greg Myer is a sports biomechanist in the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Fernando Naclerio is a professor in the Department of Fundamentals of Motricity and Training at the European University of Madrid.
Adrian Casas is a professor in the Department of Physical Education at the National University of La Plata.