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will lifting weights at a young age stunt your growth

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience Podiatry
Not that I know of: My family and I have been lifting weights since about 11 years old and all of us are at least 5-11 or more as adults. Do not know of any studies that ... Read More

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: Be careful though. Your bones are still growing and the growth plates are fragile. If you injure them by lifting too much or too often, you could caus ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: Be careful though. Your bones are still growing and the growth plates are fragile. If you injure them by lifting too much or too often, you could caus ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
32 years experience Bariatrics
NO: No.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Not really unless...: Weight lifting is not a good idea for individuals before puberty. It is better to be your own resistance: pull ups, climbing rope, push ups, running, ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shane Miller
Specializes in Sports Medicine
No: This is a common myth but there is no evidence that moderate exercise will stunt growth. Inadequate nutritional intake or overtraining can effect grow ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Controversial: There is controversy about the pros and cons of young people lifting weights. The arguments against it include that the benefits are limited in a pre ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: But correct your posture and muscle tone.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Dr. Tal David answered
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Weight lifting: Stress on an open bone growth plate can damage the growth plate and cause premature closure (bone stops growing). If your growth plates are still ope ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Less likely: At 19 you've probably had your growth plates fuse by now. And at 15 it was probably close to closing. You should be ok. How tall are you?
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