The impact of resistance training on strength and correlates of physical activity in youth

Helen M. Collins (Lead / Corresponding author), Samantha Fawkner, Josephine N. Booth, Audrey Duncan

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Resistance training (RT) may have a positive impact on specific correlates of physical activity (PA) in inactive and/or obese youth, with strength as a possible underlying mechanism. The aim of this study was to investigate this. Twelve participants (aged 8.9 ± 1.0 years) were assigned to an experimental group (EG) or control group (CG). Pre and post intervention assessments for strength, physical self-perceptions (PSPs), weight status, fundamental movement skills (FMS), and PA levels were completed. The EG participated in a twice-weekly 10-week RT programme. There were significant group x time interactions for FMS (CAMSA total P = 0.016, CAMSA skill score P = 0.036) and stretch stature (P = 0.002) (EG larges changes than the CG). Large effect sizes for the differences in change scores between the EG and CG were evident for CAMSA total score (Hedges’ g = 0.830, P = 0.138), CAMSA skill score (Hedges’ g = 0.895, P = 0.112) and relative strength (Hedges’ g = 0.825, P = 0.140). This study demonstrated that a 10-week RT intervention has a positive effect on strength and FMS, and may also benefit weight status and PSPs. This study supports the development of RT interventions to develop these correlates, and increase PA levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number1
Early online date17 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022


  • active
  • children
  • health
  • movement
  • obesity
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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