Course Aims:

The aim of Youth strength trainer course is to provide unique opportunity to get established as a certified youth strength professionals.

IHFE has designed this course for fitness trainers and physiotherapists who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding in teaching strength fitness to youth. This certification strives to enhance teaching skills and methods that will foster a lifetime of strength exercises in youth.

This course will takes you to the next level expert in managing strength fitness level of young individuals.

Course objectives:

· Increase knowledge to design a strength training programs that incorporate principles of youth motivation

· To gain fundamental knowledge of benefits, effects and principles of youth strength training

· Understand strength training concept and learn different strength training techniques for youth

· Demonstrate safe, effective, age-appropriate exercises for youth.

· Understand regress and progression of strength training

· Understand eating for performance and strength

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the relationship between strength training and youth performance. The participant will learn how to develop an individualized strength training program for both young athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Youth fitness trainer course is extremely valuable for any trainer and coach who truly desires to motivate young athletes to value muscular fitness and to improve their strength for health, fitness, and performance. After taking this course, you will have the basic knowledge to design a safe and effective muscular strength program.

Fitness training has traditionally emphasized aerobic exercise such as walking, running and cycling. More recently, the importance of strength training for both younger populations has received increased attention, and a growing number of children are experiencing the benefits of strength training. Contrary to the traditional belief that strength training is dangerous for children or that it could lead to bone plate disturbances, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) contends that strength training can be a safe and effective activity for this age group, provided that the programs properly designed and competently supervised. It must be emphasized, however, that strength training is a specialized form of physical conditioning distinct from the competitive sports of weightlifting and power lifting, in which individuals attempt to lift maximal amounts of weight in competition. Strength training refers to a systematic program of exercises designed to increase an individual’s ability to exert or resist force.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 50 percent of preadolescent sports injuries could be prevented, in large part, by enrolling kids in youth strength and conditioning programs (ACSM l993).

The goal of youth strength training should be to improve the musculoskeletal strength of children while exposing them to a variety of safe, effective and fun training methods. Adult strength training guidelines and training philosophies should not be imposed on youngsters who are anatomically, physiologically or psychologically less mature. Strength training should be one part of a well-rounded fitness program that also includes endurance, flexibility and agility exercises.

Properly designed and competently supervised youth strength training programs may not only increase the muscular strength of children and adolescents, but may also enhance motor fitness skills (e.g., sprinting and jumping) and sports performance. Preliminary evidence suggests that youth strength training may also decrease the incidence of some sports injuries by increasing the strength of tendons, ligaments and bone. During adolescence, training-induced strength gains may be associated with increases in muscle size, but this is unlikely to happen in prepubescent children who lack adequate levels of muscle-building hormones. Although the issue of childhood obesity is complex, youth strength training programs may also play an important role in effective weight loss strategies (ACSM)

One of the best features of youth strength training is the success rate that overweight boys and girls experience. Unlike most athletic activities (e.g., running, jumping, soccer and basketball), in which extra body weight is undesirable, strength training actually favours larger youth and gives them a much-needed sense of physical accomplishment. Because the amount of weight lifted is positively related to body weight, heavier children can usually train with heavier weight loads than their lighter peers.

Course prerequisite:

Must be at least 18 years of age

Physical Therapists

Occupational Therapists

Fitness professionals

Fitness enthusiasts

Personal Trainers

Any other allied healthcare professionals

Nominal hours to complete course: 15 hours

Time to complete course: 1 month

Successful completion: You will receive a printable Continuing Education certificate of completion