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Is weightlifting okay for kids?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

All weight lifting needs to be supervised so that the correct technique is used.
This will reduce the risk of injury. While your child is still actively growing your child can do strength and conditioning exercises which uses lighter weights with sets of 10 repetitions.

In brief: Yes

All weight lifting needs to be supervised so that the correct technique is used.
This will reduce the risk of injury. While your child is still actively growing your child can do strength and conditioning exercises which uses lighter weights with sets of 10 repetitions.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It can build self-esteem & serve as a healthy outlet, but you have to know where your child is holding socially and emotionally.
Without proper equipment, training, and supervision, weight-lifting can lead to academic decline; unhealthy fad diets; drug and steroid abuse; crush injuries; overuse injuries; physical fights; and even heart damage. Supervision by an experienced adult is imperative.

In brief: Yes

It can build self-esteem & serve as a healthy outlet, but you have to know where your child is holding socially and emotionally.
Without proper equipment, training, and supervision, weight-lifting can lead to academic decline; unhealthy fad diets; drug and steroid abuse; crush injuries; overuse injuries; physical fights; and even heart damage. Supervision by an experienced adult is imperative.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The american academy of pediatrics recommends against 'competitive' weight lifting for children.
However, with proper training, supervision, and technique, weight lifting is safer than many other sports in which teenagers regularly participate.

In brief: Yes

The american academy of pediatrics recommends against 'competitive' weight lifting for children.
However, with proper training, supervision, and technique, weight lifting is safer than many other sports in which teenagers regularly participate.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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