Importance of Youth Strength & Conditioning

February 3rd, 2021

The early development of athletic attributes in youth is crucial and indicative to their success in sport as they transition from middle school to high school, high school to collegiate and potentially to the professional level.  In many olympic sports we are seeing that peak age can be anywhere from 16-18 years old in select sports.

There are many stigmas around strength training and youth, including but not limited to the rumor that it will stunt growth.  This is a common misconception and thankfully it has lost prevalence over the years due to more emphasis and investment put into athletic performance and the youth level.  Strength and conditioning is proven to reduce injury, increase confidence and obviously increase athletic performance. The primary focus on youth strength and any level for that matter will always be injury prevention and with youth there can never be enough emphasis on technique.

Youth sports become more and more competitive and making teams becomes harder every year.  This will cause athletes and parents of athletes to enlist their child in one sport year round in hopes of increasing their chances of success. Though putting emphasis on one sport will most definitely increase their proficiency, it does put the child at a higher risk of injury.  It is encouraged that a child plays multiple sports throughout their development to expose them to different environments and positions.  A thorough strength and conditioning program will fill these gaps the athlete does not experience and build a lasting foundation. 

Here at The Fit Institute, we specialize in the health, wellness, and sports performance of both young athletes and those looking for an active way to optimize their health. 

8-13 years old:

Grade school athletes looking to reduce chance of injury, improve speed, agility, strength and cardiovascular fitness to not only be the best on the field but be the one that everyone is chasing after!

  • Body Awareness
  • Balance
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Injury Prevention

14-18 years old:

High school athlete looking to improve strength, power, speed, agility and footwork. Build on the fundamentals and become a more versatile and dynamic athlete with our evidence -based performance programming. Introduction to olympic weightlifting and other strength and conditioning techniques required at the collegiate level.

  • Body Awareness
  • Balance
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Injury Prevention

To find out more information about our youth personal training program and offers, contact The FIT Institute (TFI) today at Chicago, North Center, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, IL.