“Squats hurt your knees” – myths every sport parent needs to know

What not to say to a youth athlete about squatting and deadlifting…

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A few years ago I was working in the strength and conditioning department of a secondary school.  We had a very strong male/female volleyball (Indoor and Beach) program which included many youth international players. As such, many of these players would go away with the national squads for training camps and competitions.

In one specific instance, we had a 14/15 year old female athlete come back from a national squad training camp to inform us that her coach had told her she “shouldn’t be doing squats, as they are bad for the knees…”
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“Weight training isn’t safe” – myths every sport parent needs to know

Unfortunately there are a number of untruths that continue to negatively influence youth athletes, parents and coaches. In this series, I am to address a number of them which continue to hamper the progression of youth athletes to full senior level performance…

In the first part of this series, I investigated the Myth of weight training stunting growth, in particular the scientific evidence surrounding optimal bone growth. This post has a similar feel – this time focussing on the safety of training for young athletes.

Myth 2 – Weight training is unsafe for young athletes
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“Weight training stunts your growth” – myths every sport parent needs to know

Does lifting weights really stunt your growth? Should Under 18’s lift weights at all?

Unfortunately there are a number of untruths that continue to negatively influence youth athletes, parents and coaches. In this series, I am to address a number of them which continue to hamper the progression of youth athletes to full senior level performance…

Myth 1 – Weight training stunts your growth
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