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Mythology of youth resistance training
  1. Avery D Faigenbaum1,
  2. Andrea Stracciolini2,
  3. James P MacDonald3,4,
  4. Tamara Rial Rebullido5
  1. 1 Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2 Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine, BostonChildren's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  4. 4 Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  5. 5 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Avery D Faigenbaum, Dept of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 8628, USA; faigenba{at}

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The health and fitness benefits of youth resistance training are well established.1 2 In addition to increasing muscular fitness and fundamental movement skills, resistance training can increase bone mineral density, improve cardiometabolic health, facilitate weight control and reduce sport-injury risk.1 2 The WHO recommends that children and adolescents participate in strength-building activities at least 3 days per week.3

Despite the established benefits and WHO recommendations, participation in youth resistance training is falling short of expectations. A mere 4.8% of Colombian adolescents and 19.4% of European adolescents self-reported sufficient participation in muscle-strengthening activities.4 5 Without …

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