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Academy Players > Strength Training

Academy aged players who follow a weight-training and exercise programme reduce their risk of sports injury and improve their sports performance. Strength training also works to increase bone density and strengthen ligaments and tendons.

Young players also feel better about themselves as they get stronger and meet the challenge of learning new skills and may even have higher self-esteem.

It is the current position of the National Strength and Conditioning Association that:
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program is safe for children.
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program can increase the strength of children.
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program can help to enhance the motor fitness skills and sports performance of children.
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program can help to prevent injuries in youth sports and recreational activities.
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program can help to improve the psychosocial well-being of children.
A properly designed and supervised resistance training program can enhance the overall health of children.

As with any sports or exercise program, it's important that your child visits his or her doctor before beginning a strength-training regimen. Once your child's doctor lets you know it's OK to strength train, you'll need to make sure that your child will be properly supervised, using safe equipment, and following an age-appropriate routine.


 
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A variety of strength drills for Academy aged Rugby Leagueers can be performed with a Reebok Resistance Tube
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Strength training should not be confused with bodybuilding and powerlifting
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