Chapter 22. The Young Athlete

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Lyle J. Micheli MD1 and
  2. Margo Mountjoy MD2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch22

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Micheli, L. J. and Mountjoy, M. (2008) The Young Athlete, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch22

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School, and Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Health & Performance Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • organized sports participation and training;
  • the young athlete;
  • psychological readiness;
  • coaching principles;
  • psychological characteristics and training recommendations;
  • effect of growth on aerobic and anaerobic training;
  • periodization coaching tool - training program for athlete;
  • psychological training of child athlete and physical training;
  • growing, active children requiring healthy diets;
  • unique problems in child athletes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Uniqueness of the child athlete

  • Readiness for participation

  • Training recommendations

  • Nutritional requirements

  • Unique problems in child athletes

  • Rehabilitation of the child athlete: scientific elements

  • Prevention of sports injury in young athletes

  • Conclusion

  • References