Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092952
  • Consensus statement

Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International Consensus

  1. Gregory D Myer7,13,20
  1. 1Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  2. 2Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
  4. 4Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of South Wales, UK
  5. 5Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club, Widnes, UK
  6. 6Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Shreveport, Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA
  7. 7Division of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  8. 8Department of Kinesiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  9. 9School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, UK
  10. 10National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  11. 11Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  12. 12Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  13. 13The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
  14. 14Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM), Edinburgh, UK
  15. 15Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA
  16. 16Division of Cardiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  17. 17Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Sports Health and Performance Institute, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA
  18. 18Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah, USA
  19. 19Athercare Fitness and Rehabilitation, Alameda, California, USA
  20. 20Athletic Training Division, School of Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gregory D Myer, Division of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 3333 Burnet Ave, MLC 10001, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA; greg.myer{at}
  • Accepted 17 August 2013
  • Published Online First 20 September 2013


The current manuscript has been adapted from the official position statement of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association on youth resistance training. It has subsequently been reviewed and endorsed by leading professional organisations within the fields of sports medicine, exercise science and paediatrics. The authorship team for this article was selected from the fields of paediatric exercise science, paediatric medicine, physical education, strength and conditioning and sports medicine.

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