Children's Health and Exercise

Health of Young Athletes and Sports Performance

Background

The health of young athletes has never been more important for researchers and sports science support staff to promote and understand the consequences of long-term training. Increased specialisation and training methods that mirror adult elite professional athletes can result in over use injuries, overtraining and drop out. However surprisingly little is still known about the training responses of young male and female junior athletes. Utilising over 15 years of experience working with national governing bodies such as Britisih Cycling, British Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis Association and English Athletics, data generated from CHERC is helping shape the way forward for young athletes, coaches and parents.