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Will weight lifting at 12yo stunt someone's growth?
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In brief: It can...
...If the strain is severe enough to damage growth plates.

In brief: It can...
...If the strain is severe enough to damage growth plates.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism
In brief: No
The key recommendation is to use light, 5-10 pounds or so, weights with multiple repetitions, always under adult supervision, for the best conditioning and strengthening at this age.
Proper exercise cannot cause less growth than could have been expected without the exercise.

In brief: No
The key recommendation is to use light, 5-10 pounds or so, weights with multiple repetitions, always under adult supervision, for the best conditioning and strengthening at this age.
Proper exercise cannot cause less growth than could have been expected without the exercise.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Define stunt growth?
No load training on the techniques of weight lifting are ok under the supervision of certified training professionals at 12, but load bearing is not.
The growth plates at 12 are weaker than ligaments so fractures are more likely than ligament strains. This can lead to long term problems. The aap recomends children reach the last stage of puberty before full weight training (power lifts etc)

In brief: Define stunt growth?
No load training on the techniques of weight lifting are ok under the supervision of certified training professionals at 12, but load bearing is not.
The growth plates at 12 are weaker than ligaments so fractures are more likely than ligament strains. This can lead to long term problems. The aap recomends children reach the last stage of puberty before full weight training (power lifts etc)
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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