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My son is 13 and playing football. We are doing agilities and weight training. Is it OK to have him wear 2-pound ankle weights for agility training?

It’s great to hear that he’s already involved in some agility training and strength training. In regards to the ankle weights, it is NOT a good choice. Contrary to popular belief, training with ankle weights or wrist weights generally do the OPPOSITE of their intended effect.

When training for agility, ankle weights will only slow him down. Although he may FEEL faster when taking them off, that’s not the case. This is a similar feeling to using a weighted bat or a weighted golf club for some warm-up swings. Although a normal bat or golf club will feel faster after swinging the weighted version, your muscles have actually trained slower, and therefore they move slower.

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