PhysioHealth’s ‘Strong Kids’ program is both designed and delivered by our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists who have a strong focus and passion for the benefits of resistance training for children. The tailored strengthening sessions focus on improving muscle tone, neuromuscular control, strength and power, whilst assisting in the prevention of injury of children aged between 6 and 16. Our team members are qualified Level 1 Strength and Conditioning coaches in accordance with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
‘Strong Kids’ is an evidence-based program as researched by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Journal of Sports Health, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
This research shows that;
- Strength of children within this age group stems from neuromuscular development, with specified strength training focusing on improving skills and technique. This training improves the coordination and number of activated motor neurons, as well as improving their firing rate and patterns (Journal of Sports Health, 2009).
- Strength and resistance training is proven to be a safe and effective means of exercise for children of this age, provided appropriate training recommendations and guidelines are followed by qualified professionals (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association).
- Changes in the nervous system and motor learning have been attributed to gains in strength training, as opposed to hormones, in preadolescences (AIS).
- Following a 12 week strength program, children have shown improvements in strength of 30-50% (Journal of Sports Health, 2009).
- Strength training will not excessively stress the growth plates and has no greater inherent risk than that of any other youth sport or activity. Rather, a well-supervised strength training program will favourably influence bone growth and increase bone mineral density (Journal of Sports Health, 2009)