Any thoughts from anyone?
Hey guys I have a different question. I know it has been discussed about how young is safe to start weight training, and typically early teens seems to be the consensus to start any type of supervised weight training. My question is this though. My nephew is 7 and just started pee-wee football. He is kind of small, I guess most 7 year olds are. He plays rec basketball, finished t-ball and is starting football. Does anyone know if there would be anything dangerous about having him start a push up, sit up, pull up regiment, maybe twice a week. He is very active and playing football is going to require some upper body strength. Also basketball, a little more strength for shooting would help. I'm just curious, i haven't mentioned it to him or anything yet. Just looking to satisfy my curiosity. BTW, my brother, his step dad, isn't in very good shape. So I thought if it isn't going to be detrimental to him, maybe my brother can help him and benefit at the same time.
Thanks for the responses.
Any thoughts from anyone?
I would talk to his coach and see what kind of training they are going to implement. Maybe some light bodyweight exercises. He is still young to be weight training.
My nephew is 8 and also playing football in the 80lbs division. He is a string bean, and I would love to get some bw exercises going, however, he does a lot of training with the team, so I try not to intefere.
Anything BW would help. Dips, pull-ups/chins, lunges, even box jumps would be a good idea, but don't expect any sort of huge leaps (no pun intended) in performance. He's still a good 5 years away from any real test production.
I don't know who this Wolf is or this law you speak of, but yes, I agree.
But one would need to employ training principles that are designed to strengthen connective tissue and tendons.
I have seem the stuff the some old school P.E. football coach have most teens doing. Not good.
"...bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads it is placed under. If loading on a particular bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to resist that sort of loading.The external cortical portion of the bone becomes thicker as a result. The converse is true as well: if the loading on a bone decreases, the bone will become weaker due to turnover, it is less metabolically costly to maintain and there is no stimulus for continued remodeling that is required to maintain bone mass."
My 8 yo duaghter trains competitive gymnastics. I don't have issue with it because it is all body weight/strengthening/stretching. But she also see's that all of her trainers have hip issues and some, much older women, even replacement. A womans hips are flexible but not that flexible
IMHO pee wee football isnt the best idea for a young child. Its extremely unhealthy for such young kids to be pounding on each other.
Thanks for the responses. Yeah I realize he isn't going to put on mass or anything like that. I just figured some pushups and pullups might help improve his strength a little so he can enjoy playing a bit more.
As a HS Baseball player, catcher, my knees are shot from excessive stretching and bending, my right arm elbow and shoulder are in bad shape from throwing very hard, all of which was done with little to no intelligent strength and conditioning coaching to prevent long term injury.
But go ahead and run a search. I am sure there is plenty of sports medicine injury literature out there.
What does this have to do with weight lifting at a young age? So what you are saying is kids shouldn't lift weights at a young age, but competitive gymastics is OK? I really don't care either way, as younger kids have more fun **** to do then spend time in the gym, but i dont' get the logic.