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Integrating Resistance Training Into High School Curriculum

Pichardo, Andrew W., MS, CSCS1; Oliver, Jon L., PhD1,2; Harrison, Craig B., PhD1; Maulder, Peter S., PhD1,3; Lloyd, Rhodri S., PhD, ASCC, CSCS*D1,2,3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 39–50
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000412
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ABSTRACT RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR YOUTH ATHLETES IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMMON. INTEGRATING A PERIODIZED RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM INTO SCHOOL CURRICULUM CAN HELP DEVELOP ATHLETICISM FOR ALL YOUTH. THIS ARTICLE AIMS TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF A RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM USED IN A NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY SCHOOL. PROVIDED IS AN INSIGHT INTO THE LEVELS OF PLANNING FOR AN EFFECTIVE ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. PROPERLY SEQUENCED TRAINING BLOCKS ARE ESSENTIAL IN ACHIEVING LONG-TERM SUCCESS. IN ADDITION, COACHES MUST BE SUFFICIENTLY CERTIFIED AND QUALIFIED TO WORK WITH YOUTH, WHICH INCLUDES TAILORING APPROACHES TO VARYING LEVELS OF SKILL AND PROVIDING EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK.

1Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand;

2Youth Physical Development Centre, School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom; and

3Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand

Address correspondence to Andrew W. Pichardo, andrew.pichardo6@gmail.com.

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

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Andrew W. Pichardois a PhD student at Auckland University of Technology.

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Jon L. Oliveris a reader in Applied Paediatric Exercise Science and co-founder of the Youth Physical Development Group, Cardiff Metropolitan.

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Craig B. Harrisonis a research fellow at Auckland University of Technology and Program Director of Athlete Development at AUT Millennium.

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Peter S. Maulderis a research leader and principal academic staff member at the Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance at Waikato Institute of Technology.

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Rhodri S. Lloydis a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning and chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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