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Can long distance running stunt growth in children?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD & Autism
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In brief: Maybe

The effect of running depends on the distance and the age of child.
A prepubertal child who runs longs distances and does not maintain adequate nutrition may not have the needed building blocks for growth. A separate issue is the effect on bones as far as density and injury is concerned. Excessive running and loss of necessary body fat will interfere with menstrual cycles in girls.

In brief: Maybe

The effect of running depends on the distance and the age of child.
A prepubertal child who runs longs distances and does not maintain adequate nutrition may not have the needed building blocks for growth. A separate issue is the effect on bones as far as density and injury is concerned. Excessive running and loss of necessary body fat will interfere with menstrual cycles in girls.
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