Strength & Power for Young Athletes

Strength & Power for Young Athletes

by Avery Faigenbaum, Wayne Westcott, Wayne Wescott

Help your athletes get the training edge they need today to become the sports stars of tomorrow. With Strength and Power for Young Athletes, you can develop strength-training programs specifically tailored to children that will dramatically increase their athletic performance.

This proven, research-based text provides young


Help your athletes get the training edge they need today to become the sports stars of tomorrow. With Strength and Power for Young Athletes, you can develop strength-training programs specifically tailored to children that will dramatically increase their athletic performance.

This proven, research-based text provides young people ages 7 to 15 with a solid fitness base, offering aerobic activities and stretching exercises. It also presents the principles and practical applications for developing both age- and sport-specific strength-training programs.

There are many benefits of starting children on a strength training program at an early age, including

- increased strength and power,
- improved body composition,
- greater self-esteem,
- reduction in sports training injuries, and
- enhanced sports performance.

Written by two of the leading experts on youth training, Strength and Power for Young Athletes offers 82 free weight, body weight, machine, cord, and medicine ball exercises for building muscle strength. You will learn how to incorporate these progressive resistance exercises into your young athletes' training programs with the help of 135 photos that emphasize safety and correct technique.

The authors have provided three age-appropriate strength-training programs for children 7 to 9 years, 10 to 12 years, and 13 to 15 years. You'll also find conditioning programs for power sports, jumping sports, striking sports, and endurance sports.

Whether you're a parent, coach, strength and conditioning specialist, physical educator, or fitness professional, Strength and Power for Young Athletes will give you the essential knowledge and teaching skills to safely and effectively instruct young people on strength-training programs. Then you can help young athletes get the training edge they need today to become the sports stars of tomorrow.

Editorial Reviews

Many professionals working with young athletes are confused about the role of strength training in their programs. They are afraid that it does not work, is dangerous for developing bodies, or is unnecessary. Written by two well-recognized specialists in the field of youth fitness, this book attempts to dispel these myths by explaining how muscle strength and stamina can improve the lives of young athletes as well as their less active peers. An emphasis is placed upon good training principles and injury prevention, ensuring that coaches and parents will take a slow and steady approach to building their strength programs. The authors begin with a general discussion about strength training and how it might be incorporated into a fitness program. Various training tools, such as free weights, weight machines, resistance cords, and body weight, are presented along with exercises that will develop every muscle group in the body. Each exercise is shown with training tips and an outline of the procedure as well as a photograph of a young person demonstrating proper technique and form. After exploring the individual exercises, possible training programs are suggested for different age groups. Programs for different sports also are offered, including power sports such as football, jumping sports such as basketball, striking sports such as hockey, and endurance sports such as cross-country. The principles contained in this book could be applied immediately to any organized athletic program, gym class, or individual athlete's regimen. This book should be an excellent resource for anyone interested in these issues. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S (Better than most,marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Human Kinetics, 216p, Oversize pb. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Heather Hepler SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)

Product Details

Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 11.01(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Faigenbaum and Westcott have contributed a highly innovative approach to the field of youth strength training. Strength and Power for Young Athletes combines up-to-the-minute research regarding the physiological and psychological aspects of youth strength training with a meticulous array of training exercises and tips. Most notable is the chapter on the 7-to 9-year-old strength program. I recommend this book for youth coaches, parents, and young athletes interested in improving their health and lives through strength training.”
Steve Brennan
Executive director of the Midwest Youth Coaches Association

“Through their book, Avery and Wayne have provided an intelligent and systematic plan for young people interested in improving and strengthening themselves. Regardless of whether the young person plans to participate in organized sports, or looks instead toward improving his or her quality of life, this book will establish a fitness base that will last a lifetime.”
Ben Cook, CSCS
Men's basketball strength and conditioning coach
University of North Carolina

“This text makes a timely and significant contribution to the literature on training young, developing athletes. It serves as a valuable resource for those who are responsible for designing safe and effective strength programs for the many children who are unfit and overweight. A great blend of research and practical application.”
Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Former president of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
NSCA Lifetime Achievement Award

“The authors provide a clear, systematic, and safe guide to initiating and maintaining strength conditioning programs for young athletes. They have integrated current research on this topic into a practical guide for parents and coaches. This manual provides specifics for training muscle groups as well as preparing for specific sports. I recommend this text as a guide to every parent or coach whose child or youth sports candidate is beginning a strength training program.”
Lyle J. Micheli
Former president of American College of Sports Medicine

Meet the Author

As a leading researcher and practitioner in the area of youth fitness, Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, has had years of experience working with children and adolescents in the weight room. He is currently an assistant professor of exercise physiology at the University of Massachusetts, working as a pediatric exercise scientist as well as fitness practitioner and youth volunteer.

A well-recognized and sought-after speaker, Faigenbaum lectures across the country to sports medicine and fitness organizations. He serves on the editorial boards of the Strength and Conditioning Journal, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. Faigenbaum is certified by the NSCA, ACSM, and the United States Weightlifting Association. He has also been appointed to the Massachusetts Governors Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports and elected to serve as NSCA Massachusetts State Director. Faigenbaum lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

With more than 35 years of experience in strength training as an athlete, coach, teacher, professor, researcher, writer, and speaker, Wayne Westcott, PhD, CSCS, is recognized as a leading authority on fitness. He has served as a strength training consultant for numerous organizations and programs, including Nautilus, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Sports Performance Association, the International Association of Fitness Professionals (IDEA), the American Council on Exercise, the YMCA of the USA, and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation. He was awarded the IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and was honored with a Healthy American Fitness Leader Award in 1995.

Westcott is the fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts. He has authored eleven books on strength training, including three with Human Kinetics—Building Strength and Stamina (1996), Strength Training Past 50 (1998), and Complete Conditioning for Golf (1999). He has published more than 400 articles in professional fitness journals and has written a weekly fitness column for one of Boston's largest newspapers since 1986. He has served on the editorial boards of Prevention, Shape, Men's Health, Fitness, Club Industry, American Fitness Quarterly, and Nautilus. Westcott lives in Abington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Claudia.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews