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In the olympics how do they use growth plates in the long bones of gymnasts prove they are underage?
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Look for closure
I'm not an olympic specialist or pediatric endocrinologist but growth plates close in specific order which helps us determine biologic age but this may not always match chronologic age.
Lack of closure suggests young biologic age which then suggests young chronologic age. But there's no absolute guarantee.

In brief: Look for closure
I'm not an olympic specialist or pediatric endocrinologist but growth plates close in specific order which helps us determine biologic age but this may not always match chronologic age.
Lack of closure suggests young biologic age which then suggests young chronologic age. But there's no absolute guarantee.
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