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Strength training and general conditioning can improve athletic performance and can play a key role in injury prevention. It also offers numerous health benefits that can greatly impact a child’s physical and emotional well-being.

Physical Benefits of Strength & Conditioning
  • Increase strength of the heart muscle; allows the heart to circulate more blood throughout the body with fewer beats.
  • Decreased blood pressure or maintenance of normal blood pressure
  • Decreased heart rate; a sign of a well-conditioned athlete
  • Decreased body fat
  • Maintenance of body weight within normal limits
  •  Improved sleep
  • Greater energy reserve for work and recreation
  • Improved posture; better physical appearance and the ability to withstand fatigue
  • Greater physical ability to cope with illness
  • Increased healthy living habits; proper attention to health and fitness
  • Improved sports performance

 Emotional Benefits of Training and Conditioning
  • Better ability to deal with daily stress
  • Less anxiety; fear of the unknown, less tension, and less fatigue
  • Enhanced vigor and the ability to deal with the negative aspects of stress
  • Less likelihood of depression; by allowing the body to release chemical endorphins that trigger a relaxed, pain-free state of mind
  • Improved self-image and self-esteem; young athletes will look better and feel better about themselves by meeting fitness goals

 Source: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

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