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At what age is it okay to let a child start to lift weights to help with sports performance?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Use a trainer

Weightlifting like many sports activities can be beneficial if done right & can produce significant injury if done wrong.
Any pre-teen/teen should be supervised by a professional, preferably one certified in the area.Early training focuses on technique & low intensity weights. Power lifting & body building are not recommended until the kid reaches skeletal maturity (final height, b.O., shaves).

In brief: Use a trainer

Weightlifting like many sports activities can be beneficial if done right & can produce significant injury if done wrong.
Any pre-teen/teen should be supervised by a professional, preferably one certified in the area.Early training focuses on technique & low intensity weights. Power lifting & body building are not recommended until the kid reaches skeletal maturity (final height, b.O., shaves).
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine

In brief: His decision

Let him decide. The ohnly supervision required is that the weights are proportional to the age and strength of the child.

In brief: His decision

Let him decide. The ohnly supervision required is that the weights are proportional to the age and strength of the child.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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