Olympic-Style Weightlifting, Kid Style
  • Olympic-Style Weightlifting, Kid Style
    With competent instruction and a safe training environment, children can learn how to master the performance of the snatch and the clean and jerk in a safe and effective manner.
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    A growing number of youth are now participating in resistance training programs in order to improve their health, enhance their sports performance, and develop self-esteem. The popularity of youth resistance training is evidenced by the increasing number of physical educators and youth sport coaches who now include some form of resistance training in their conditioning programs.

    Despite preconceived concerns associated with youth resistance training, an expanding body of evidence indicates that resistance training can be a safe and effective method of conditioning for children, provided that appropriate training guidelines are followed and qualified supervision is present (1,2). Yet there remains concern among some parents, teachers, and healthcare providers that the lifts common in the sport of weightlifting (i.e., the snatch and the clean and jerk) are inappropriate or even unsafe for children.

    Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS and Chris Polakowski, BS
    Strength and Conditioning Journal, June 1999
    Volume 21, Number 3, pages 73-76

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