Why Young Female Athletes Need to Lift Weights

There have been many misnomers and misconceptions perpetuated throughout youth sports, one of the biggest and most detrimental to the development of female athletes is that ‘females shouldn’t lift weights.”  Female athletes and all athletes need to lift weights and begin as early as 12 years old to not only help speed up the process of athletic performance enhancement but keep these athletes from experiencing a career-altering injury. According to studies, ACL tears are at an all-time high from 2010-2020 in the age ranges of 12-15, especially amongst female athletes.  Most of these ACL tears are experienced during non-contact athletic movement.  Meaning it is an issue of lacking stability and strength in and around the ankle, knee, and/or hip joints.  

 

The SFX Athletes training philosophy is, as soon as athletes are able to play sports, they need to pair playing those sports with performance training.  Female athletes that play Division 1 athletics will experience elite strength and conditioning coaching and programming in college.  At the high school level, this level of training is unfortunately rare.  High school athletes arguably need strength and conditioning more than college-age athletes, because they are spending the majority of these years growing and developing.  If an injury occurs, their growth and development are impacted in a negative manner that may prevent them from playing in college.  SFX Athletes was developed to provide high school and grades below a training system with the same manner of training and benefits that a college-age athlete receives from professional strength and conditioning coaching expertise.