Category Archives: Strength Training

Youth basketball and weight training: is it safe?

  Basketball season is upon us and that means many parents now find themselves at the helm of their child’s basketball team. Most competitive athletes are looking for methods to become more explosive, jump higher, and increase their speed.  Well, look no further than the weight room!  Early teenage years are a great time to […]

Do you have BBS? “Burning Back Syndrome”

Yes, I just made that up. We have a syndrome for everything else, why not “burning back”? It’s catchy, rhythmical, and it conjures up a powerful image and it’s totally fictional. However, it leads me to this question: ever have achy or burning lower back muscles that only get better after you lie down or […]

Core training and it’s effects on athletic performance, injury treatment, and injury prevention.

Core training (mid line musculature) has been added to many exercise programs and the virtues of this type of training have been detailed in many media outlets, magazine articles, and also by health professionals, myself included. However, I read an interesting article by John M Cissik, MBA, PT from the Texas Women’s University in Denton, […]

Strength Training in Children: Is it safe?

Strength and endurance training for youth has become very popular lately as many are trying to gain an athletic advantage, but is it safe? Well, the answer seems to a resounding YES, if proper precautions are  taken. The results of a literature review on the subject have determined children can safely improve their strength by […]