One thing parents and coaches often wonder about is whether or not strength training is a worthwhile pursuit for youth hockey players. There are actually quite varied schools of thought on this.
Some people think strength training isn’t necessary or safe for young hockey players. However, that’s really not true. As long as strength training is done correctly, there is no reason that it has to be dangerous for young athletes. It won’t stunt their growth or cause them to bulk up in huge amounts. What it will do, however, is provide several solid benefits.
In fact, it’s for this reason- the benefits- that strength training is recommended by most professionals even for the youngest hockey players.
The Benefits of Strength Training
So, you may be wondering, what are the benefits of regular strength training for kids, young hockey players specifically?
It turns out that there are plenty. Kids who engage in strength training on a regular basis will reduce their risk of injury on and off the ice by building strong muscles. Strength training also helps young athletes to maintain a healthy weight while improving bone density and endurance.
Strength training is healthy and beneficial, so there’s no good reason why young athletes shouldn’t take part in it.
How Should Kids Engage in Strength Training?
If the young hockey player in your life is ready to start strength training, you’ll be glad to know that there are all kinds of good exercises worth trying. Contrary to popular belief, there are more ways to strength train than just by lifting weights.
Fun exercises for kids to try include:
l Burpees (they also count as cardio!)
l Squats and jumping squats
These are just a few of many excellent (and fun) strength training exercises for kids. There are many others kids can try as well as online videos and other resources for how to do new exercises.
The bottom line is that no matter which exercises a child does, strength training is a good thing and worth incorporating into a regular workout routine.