Young children can gain a lot from early exposure to sports — they experience a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional benefits by staying active and interacting with fellow youth athletes from such a young age. However, while many parents recognize the positives of youth sports, they often wonder what the best approach is in… Continue reading Is Single-Sport Specialization or Multi-Sport Training Better for Youth Athletes?
I’m sure you’ve heard it before…“Lifting weights as a kid will stunt your growth!” This dogma has been passed down as fact for decades with stories retold of “so-and-so” who lifted weights too early and didn’t reach a normal height. Whether this is some type of fear tactic created by parents who didn’t want their… Continue reading Is It Safe for Young Athletes to Lift Weights? Or Will It Stunt Their Growth?
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to students, parents, and coaches at Bret Harte Middle School, in Almaden, about injury prevention in youth sports. My goal was to draw awareness on the latest research in concussion management, ACL injury prevention, and strength training for young athletes. Sports injury prevention is a topic I feel… Continue reading Concussion, ACL Injury, and Youth Strength Training Tips
Parents ask me all the time, “When is it safe for my child to start weight lifting?” This question has become even more common in the last 5 years as competition in youth sports is skyrocketing. Where I work in Los Gatos and San Jose California more and more adolescents are specializing in one sport… Continue reading Kids and Strength Training: Is It Safe?