Strength and conditioning promotes fitness and physical performance of athletes to improve performance and also injury prevention within sports performance. All athletes have one thing in common they either are, or were, youth. The youth strength and conditioning programs in which these athletes participate have long-term performance implications. Important youth strength and conditioning concepts: Promote positive mental and psychosocial development as well as physical development with a properly designed strength and conditioning program. Develop physical literacy for youth by promoting a long-term approach to quality daily physical education and daily intermittent moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.