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