I've seen and heard Coach Glassman interviewed numerous times over the years, and one of his statements connects with me every time, "The needs of the elderly and professional athletes vary by degree, not kind." The Week 16 article from the Glassman Chipper is Seniors and Kids, first published in the CrossFit Journal February 2003.
Training for seniors promotes the strength and balances necessary for continued independence, while cultivating a byproduct of improved biomarkers. Training in kids promotes control and strength, helpful in any sport endeavor as well as early development of general athletic motor patterns.
Early this year, CrossFit Training made available their online Scaling Certification program, and I know that I will intend to set aside the time to learn how to best provide scaling options for all of Karma CrossFit's members.
Give this article a read. What have you heard about the special considerations, or dangers, of training for children and the elderly? Post to comments.