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ACSM Expert Suggests Steps to Successfully Build Young Athletes

by Anne Spencer | Mar 14, 2013

For immediate release
March 14, 2013

ACSM Expert Suggests Steps to Successfully Build Young Athletes

Age related fitness programs help youth develop strength, motor skills

LAS VEGAS – Aspiring young athletes need to participate in preparatory conditioning programs that are purposely designed to enhance their muscular strength and motor skill performance. A session presented today at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 17th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition will discuss the latest advances in training children and adolescents, provide answers to common questions from parents, and propose age-related fitness program design considerations for aspiring youth athletes.

Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D., CSCS, of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, will present a session titled Building Young Athletes: Steps to Success. Faigenbaum recommends that qualified health and fitness professionals consider physical inactivity during the growing years a modifiable risk factor that should be identified and treated.

The bottom line is that aspiring young athletes need to participate in preparatory fitness programs that are purposely designed to enhance their muscular strength and motor skill performance,” said Dr. Faigenbaum. “A growing number of contemporary youth are ill-prepared for the demands of sports practice and competition.”

Dr. Faigenbaum believes that proper training can enhance both health- and skill-related components of physical fitness while reducing the risk of sports-related injuries in young athletes. In addition to enhancing muscle strength and improving motor skill performance, he says health and fitness professionals should consider the critical importance of effective teaching and mental engagement when working with children and adolescents.

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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition runs through March 15 in Las Vegas. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact 702-946-2042 Annie Spencer at aspencer@acsm.org or Lauren Johnson at ljohnson@acsm.org.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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