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Confirming and disconfirming myths about weight-training for children (1 of 7). Myth no. 1: “Training with weights inhibits children's growth” Wrong: - Physiological arguments nor research or investigation show this But:
“Training with weights inhibits children's growth”
- Physiological arguments nor research or investigation show this
- It is seen among elite-trained children from aesthetic disciplines with focus on weight limits. They often have delay in their growth.
“Training with weights harm children’s bones”
- Anything but. Weight-training make the bones structure stronger and improves the density
- Research on junior weight-lifters shows that they have a higher bone density compared to other children how also do sports.
“Training with weights harm the bones epiphysis growth-plate”
- The heavy but controlled weight loads are not dangerous
- Acute fractures in the bones can turn into continual damage. Those damages are rarely seen in weight training. It is more frequently seen in sport where children interact with each other, for example football or handball.
“Weight-training overloads the tendon-attachments in the greater muscles”
- This is an actual fact, but it is not more prevalent than in other sports.
Be aware of:
-Tendon-attachment in big muscle-areas especially in the patella area - avoid strenuous leg extensions
“There is way to high overload”
-Weight-training does not generate more power than the muscle it self can generate
- Contrary to gymnastics and football
“Weight-training has to simple exercises and low transfer to everyday life
-A potential risk when children are left along.
-Need for a great various of training possibilities.
-Needs well educated trainers
“Weight-training is unhealthy for children”
-It may not bee as rewarding to cardiovascular chances in the body as aerobic exercise, but a child which exercise is fare more healthy than a inactive child.
It can be too easy for some children and to
strenuous for others.
Signals that it is not allowed to use weights,
which is a shame for the children, who could have had a
lot of succes with weights-training, because they maybe
don’t have talent for many other sports and some can feel
unpleasant socially among other children.
-Potentially there is a lot of problems, the point is that it
isn’t much different from other sport activities.
-Especially knee and back are often in an exposed position.
-Children can be spontaneous and out of control in their
movements, and a wrong position/movement under load involves a risk.
- 8-15 repetitions eventhough the RPM is more likely
to be 18 using the x kg. weights
- When the child has increased strength and improved to a higher technique level, it should work closer to its RPM.
- More than 15 rep. is often borring and demotivating (!)
- Various kinds of movements. Different movements in the same joint is important.