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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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