Strength and Power Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Strength & Power

Many myths regarding the dangers of strength training on growing bones and the cardiovascular system of healthy kids have been dispelled by recent research.  As outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Sports Medicine, when done properly, strength training has been shown to be safe and effective. By using age appropriate techniques, strength training can have many potential benefits including enhancing physical and psychosocial development, improving muscular coordination, lowering injury risk in sports and activity, and preventing obesity, diabetes and other chronic medical illnesses which are currently on an alarming rise in today’s youth.

This program is designed to help build strength and power in young physically active individuals. The activities are matched to the participant’s age and physical developmental level and can be sport specific. These activities are designed to reduce the risk of injury and have a direct carry over effect to sport and activity. Many youth activities and sports require a certain degree of overall strength to keep the body under control during functional movements. Good strength is necessary for proper balance and body control and is the starting point for power. Power is the product of strength and speed. This course teaches participants how to transfer strength from the lower body to the upper body and to safely generate power.

This program is offered 2 days per week for 4 weeks. All participants will receive a Personal Best T-shirt and a Certificate of Completion.


  • Improve overall body strength and core stability
  • Create a stable base of support for power
  • Improve the dynamic transfer of strength from the lower body to the upper body
  • Improve vertical jump
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