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If a 12 year old child lifts weights, is it very unhealthy?

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David Escobar
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure the child is supervised by an appropriately trained instructor for his/her age.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure there is trained supervision.

In brief: No

If the child is lifting the weights properly and not over-doing it, then lifting weights can in fact be healthy as a form of exercise.
It is very important that he/she knows how to lift with proper form, and how to not lift too heavy a weight given their abilities. Definitely, make sure there is trained supervision.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: No

I'd encourage it if Junior is properly supervised.
There used to be a concern that the strain on the bones would damage the growth plates. This never made sense and I'm not aware of any reason to think it's true. Power-lifting is for adults.

In brief: No

I'd encourage it if Junior is properly supervised.
There used to be a concern that the strain on the bones would damage the growth plates. This never made sense and I'm not aware of any reason to think it's true. Power-lifting is for adults.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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