The Longevity Exercise Physiologists in Drummoyne,EdgecliffMarrickville,Bella Vista, Randwick, Lindfield and Balmain work with rehabilitating all types of injuries to help our clients achieve their goals and continue living healthy, active lives.

We all know how important any type of exercise is for children and adolescents although childhood obesity rates are still sky rocketing. In the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled, and adolescent obesity has nearly tripled. This may be correlated to an increase of sedentary behavior as the addiction to tablets and TV’s escalate.

“Strength training for children and adolescents has always been a controversial and talked about topic. However, strength training is now understood as safe and beneficial for children when individualised, appropriate exercise programs have been prescribed and when supervised by a qualified professional (exercise physiologists!)”

 

Obesity can lead to an increased risk of

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep aponea
  • Psychological problems
  • Bone and joint problems.

 

Strength training for children and adolescents has always been a controversial and talked about topic. However, strength training is now understood as safe and beneficial for children when individualized, appropriate exercise programs have been prescribed and when supervised by a qualified professional (exercise physiologists!).

Strength training can lead to a variety of benefits for young people:

  • Increase in muscular strength
  • Increase in muscular endurance
  • Increase in strength of tendons and ligaments (decreasing incidence of injury!)
  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Improved speed, agility and power
  • Improved balance and stability
  • Improved concentration and better academic performance

 

All of these benefits are integral for the healthy growth of children and improvement of sports performance in any chosen sport.

As it is important for children to complete strength training, it is more important that they are instructed and supervised by an exercise physiologist. Exercise physiologists are experts in exercise prescription for children and have knowledge on:

  • The developmental stages of children and adolescents
  • Exercise type and intensity recommendations for each age group
  • Exercise considerations for children and adolescents

If you need advice on how an Exercise Physiologist can help your child, please give us a call.

1300 964 002

Written By Shannon Coolican