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Can weight lifting at a young age stunt your growth?

Can weight lifting at a young age stunt your growth?

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, etc. Weight training will not stunt growth per se, but can damage the growth plates or causes a fracture to occur. Weight lifting is not a good sporting activity before puberty! Gains in strength will be much less, as well.

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Will lifting weights at 14 stunt your growth?

Will lifting weights at 14 stunt your growth?

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 cause growth abnormalities.

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Can lifting weights stunt your growth?

Can lifting weights stunt your growth?

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 cause growth abnormalities.

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Is it true that lifting weights can stunt your growth?

Is it true that lifting weights can stunt your growth?

Depends on meaning: I encourage my patients to find physical activities that they can be engaged in for a lifetime. The idea of lifting weights can mean many things. The aap and certified trainer groups recommend no power lifting until the final stage of physical maturity which is when you reach your final height.Training in proper lifting under supervision of a certified trainer is fine.

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Does exercising/training at a young age stunt your growth for life?

Does exercising/training at a young age stunt your growth for life?

No: This is a common myth but there is no evidence that moderate exercise will stunt growth. Inadequate nutritional intake or overtraining can effect growth, but exercise is recommended for all ages. Children are encouraged to get 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

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Can you tell me if I started lifting weights under the age of 14 will it stunt my growth?

Can you tell me if I started lifting weights under the age of 14 will it stunt my growth?

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 prepubertal male due to lack of androgens, and potential damage to growth plates limiting growth. The growth plate issues are theoretical and not really proven. It would be difficult and unethical to design a study that would answer this.

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What to do if I heard lifting weights can stunt a kids growth. If so why?

What to do if I heard lifting weights can stunt a kids growth. If so why?

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 open, your skeleton is not fully matured and you should lift weights in moderation.

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I'm am 19 I been lifting weights since 15 I, it cannot stunt my growth right?

I'm am 19 I been lifting weights since 15 I, it cannot stunt my growth right?

Right: It won't stunt your growth. The only way you will "stunt" your growth would be to damage your growth plates and if you are lifting properly that won't happen. Most of the talk of lifting wts stunting growth is hypothetical and not factual.

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Can lifting weights stunt height growth even if you are doing it in a sitting position?

Can lifting weights stunt height growth even if you are doing it in a sitting position?

Posture: No, but lifting weights incorrectly by technique or posture may injury yourself. Injury is more relevant than growth plate stunting. Find a professional for assistance to get proper training if you intend to lift heavier weights. Hope this helps.

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Does lifting weights at the age of 20 decrease the chance of height growth? I am 179.5 cms and want to be 183 cms. Some tips please.

Does lifting weights at the age of 20 decrease the chance of height growth? I am 179.5 cms and want to be 183 cms. Some tips please.

Done growing: You are at you maximum height at age 20. Lifting weights will not effect your height or the height of an adolescent who is still growing. Be content with your height and focus your energy on things that you can control.

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Could weight lifting really stunt your growth?

Could weight lifting really stunt your growth?

Weight lifting: Put the rumor to bed. Not true

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Will lifting weights stunt my growth? I am 17

Will lifting weights stunt my growth? I am 17

No problem: Joining a gym and doing exercises do not stunt growth. Kids will grow to the pre-destined height in America as long as they eat healthily, exercise moderately, grab some sunshine, and get plenty of sleep. To not hurt the body, one should avoid excessive exercise with unusually heavy weights.

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Hi docs, would lifting 15 pound weights at 10 stunt your growth?

Hi docs, would lifting 15 pound weights at 10 stunt your growth?

Unlikely: Lifting 15 pound weights should not affect growth. There is some concern that extremely heavy weightlifting in children can damage the growth plates, but the weights that are worrisome are much much greater. The concern is around "power lifting" and not for conditioning weights as you describe.

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16yrs male... 3 inches away from maximum height....can I start lifting weights....I'm 150lbs....will 20 lbs dumbbells in each hand stunt my growth.

16yrs male... 3 inches away from maximum height....can I start lifting weights....I'm 150lbs....will 20 lbs dumbbells in each hand stunt my growth.

Outstanding!: Great time to start weight training. Your bones and growth plates in those bones are ready. Dumbbells are a great way to train. Use multi joint exercises instead of single joint..... That is, lunges and dumbbell presses instead of straight bicep curls..... Great way to work on your core muscles..... Abdomen, hips, pelvis

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Help! Could sugar stunt your growth?

Help! Could sugar stunt your growth?

Wouldn't think so: Sugar is a nutrition source that can be used by the body to maintain blood glucose or converted to various storage forms in the muscles, liver or fat. Any food can be abused and lead to negative health consequences, the most common of which is obesity.Sugar would seldom be the only component of this excess. Obesity leads to decreased exercise and other health issues poor health does impair growth.

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Could smoking really stunt your growth?

Could smoking really stunt your growth?

Yes: Adolescents who begin smoking early, before they have achieved their full growth, are shorter than their siblings who do not smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to many organs, including to bone, and impairs their growth. Smoking also impairs healing, and people who smoke who have bone fractures or bone surgery are very slow to heal, and sometimes do not completely heal at all.