45. Sex and Age - after age 16. the average female is about 2/3 as strong as the averagemale-rnhen the measure of strength isThe absolute amount of force exerted or weightiifted._ Prior to pgbertyjhe strength of boys is only slightly greater than the strength ofgirls.\Iuscle strength in children:o Muscle strength progressively improves as children age and mature, principally asa result of increasing muscle size.Hormonal influences at puberty (testosterone) are responsible for the dramaticincrease in muscle bulk and strength in males. During this time period theincrease in muscle mass in both sexes is due to hypertrophy of individual musclefibers and not hyperplasia.Muscle strength can be improved by resistance training before puberty in bothboys and girls. These changes occur without significant increases in muscle size.Consider chronological age versus biological age when designing individualizedweight training programs for childreno During the time period surrounding peak height
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