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Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Competitive: Gymnasts are often small people. Some studies argue that a chronic calorie deficiency compounded by an extraordinary amount of exercise may stunt growth, while others don't. We do know that delayed puberty is common among gymnasts, swimmers and runners, particularly in girls. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is often seen in these girls. Kids in less competitive gymnastics may not have problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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What can cause delayed puberty in girls?

What can cause delayed puberty in girls?

Multiple causes: Delayed puberty results from disruption of the hormones regulating periods. Often delayed puberty is familial, with a family history of later periods. Weight loss, low weight or intense exercise causing low body weight can disrupt hormonal balance. Occasionally it can be a genetic issue like turner's syndrome. If the delay is significantly past 12 to 13 y old, then a workup is in order. ...Read more

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How to delay puberty in girls naturally?

Can't: No healthy way to do naturally. If extremely early ("precocious puberty") is done pharmaceutically. ...Read more

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Can gymnastics delay growth spurt?

Can gymnastics delay growth spurt?

Should Not: With normal diet and normal amounts of exercise , no.But extremes may affect pubertal growth. ...Read more

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Can delay puberty stunt a teenager's growth? I started puberty late and never get a catch up growth spurt like my peers... Any connection to smoking?

Can delay puberty stunt a teenager's growth? I started puberty late and never get a catch up growth spurt like my peers... Any connection to smoking?

Smoking is bad: While delayed puberty is usually associated with a taller stature (testosterone closes the bone's growth plates), smoking is associated with stunted growth. Studies have shown smoking can decrease your height by 1in or more. Smoking can also prevent the proper growth of your lungs and causes chronic changes that can cause COPD and increase your risk of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Studies have shown that letrozole delay growth plates closure in boys. Can girls get the same results?

Studies have shown that letrozole delay growth plates closure in boys. Can girls get the same results?

Not a large number: of studies using this Aromatase Inhibitor alone to delay puberty are avalable. Ultimate fusion of the growth plates is estrogen-dependent in boys & girls, so it may help slow down epiphysial maturation & allow greater height potential in any teen with short stature, but significant side effects can occur. Contact Dr.Mitchell E. Geffner at the Saban Research Institute, CHLA, LA, CA, for more info ...Read more

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Can boys gymnastics stunt their growth?

Temporarily: High intensity sports such as gymnastics can delay onset of puberty and delay growth spurts. It is not permanent. ...Read more

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Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

No: To the contrary to the general belief, linear growth of overweight children is generally enhanced. ...Read more