At age 10, my son experienced some arm problems playing baseball. It started when he broke the growth plate in his right arm throwing a fastball on a cold day early his U10 season.
Luckily growth plate injuries heal quickly. What did not heal quickly was the mental side of coming back. My son was so afraid of hurting his arm again that he babied it. Next thing we know he had a shoulder problem. His shoulder got weak and he struggled through the next entire baseball season with shoulder discomfort.
Last year, we started strength training including weights before the season and he had his first injury free baseball season in 3 years. We were thrilled with the outcome, but I have to say that quite a few people questioned me on whether weight training for a kid who has not gone through puberty is a good idea. People asked me if I was worried about stunting his growth.
Of course I did the research on the internet and talked to his doctor and physical therapist before we began the program. But to end the myths about strength training for prepubescent kids, I consulted strength and endurance coach Alan Stein for his opinion on this topic.
Here is his response.
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