Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program involving resistance training.
So let’s start by understanding exactly what resistance training is. Basically, it involves some form of movement or exercise that resists an external force applied. There’s what’s called ‘open and closed chained exercises’ and according to the individual either of the two can be of benefit or a concern when considering the ability level of a young athlete. There is absolutely nothing dangerous with a young athlete/hockey player using their own body weight as a form of resistance when performing certain exercises.