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Athletic Youth Development (AYD) is an initiative designed by Mill Park Physiotherapy to introduce the benefits of strength training to youth and adolescents (ages 8 – 17 years). Each session is supervised by a qualified Physiotherapist with extensive post-graduate training in Strength & Conditioning to ensure exercises are completed in a safe and supervised environment.

“There is now a compelling body of scientific evidence that supports regular participation in youth resistance training to reinforce positive health and fitness adaptations and sports performance enhancements… provided that these programs are supervised by qualified professionals.”

Appropriately designed strength training programs amongst youth and adolescents have been shown to promote numerous beneficial health and fitness outcomes.


Performance Benefits

  • Muscular strength

  • Power production

  • Running velocity

  • Change of direction speed

  • Movement patterning

  • Reducing sports-related injury risk

Health Benefits

  • Reducing body fat

  • Heart function

  • Skeletal health

  • Bone mineral density

  • Lifelong physical activity participation


Not only is physical activity, inclusive of strength training, essential for normal growth and development, but youth programmes that enhance muscular strength and fundamental movement skill performance early in life also appear to build the foundation for an active lifestyle later in life

Traditional fears and misinformed concerns that strength training could be harmful to the developing skeleton have been replaced by reports indicating that childhood may be the opportune time to enhance bone structure. Fears that strength training would injure the growth plates of youth are not supported by within the scientific literature. No scientific evidence indicates that strength training, when performed appropriately, will have an adverse effect on linear growth during childhood or adolescence.

Programmes that aim to increase muscle strength, enhance movement mechanics and improve functional abilities are the most effective strategy for reducing sports-related injuries in young athletes. Adolescent athletes who incorporate strength training in their physical development programme suffer fewer injuries and recover from injuries in less time. Appropriately prescribed and well-supervised training programmes reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries. Finally, injury rates in youth strength training are significantly lower than those in commonly performed sports such as Soccer and Badminton.

Physical activity inclusive of strength training has been shown to lead to improvements in psychological well-being, mood, and self-appraisal in youth and adolescents.

For more information on youth strength training or our Athletic Youth Development Program give us a call and speak directly to one of our Physiotherapists!