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Promoting Musculoskeletal Fitness in Youth: Performance and Health Implications From a Developmental Perspective

Stodden, David PhD, CSCS1; Brooks, Toby PhD, ATC, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 54–62
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318296391e
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ABSTRACT: YOUTH PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING HAS GROWN INCREASINGLY POPULAR AND RESEARCH PREDOMINATELY INDICATES IT IS BENEFICIAL FOR YOUTH PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. HOWEVER, CONTROVERSY REMAINS REGARDING THE TYPE AND INTENSITY OF TRAINING THAT SHOULD BE PROMOTED DUE TO THE COMPLEXITIES ASSOCIATED WITH TRAINING ACROSS VARIOUS LEVELS OF DEVELOPMENT. ONE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO ADDRESS PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH-RELATED BENEFITS TRAINING (I.E., STRENGTH, ENDURANCE AND POWER) IN YOUTH FROM A BROADLY DEFINED MUSCULOSKELETAL FITNESS PERSPECTIVE. A SECOND PURPOSE WAS TO PROMOTE AND LINK RESISTANCE TRAINING LANGUAGE AND ITS APPLICATIONS FROM A DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE.

1Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; and

2Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

David Stodden is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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Toby Brooks is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, and also serves as Director of Research and Education for the International Youth Conditioning Association.

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