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Forum Name: Sports medicine

Question: Does lifting weights stunt growth?

nalge - Sun Apr 10, 2005 2:45 am


I am 5'7, 16 and have been lifting weights for about 8 months now. I am just asking all you people who know your medical stuff your opinion on the "Does lifting weights stunt growth?" topic. I like weight training and body building but if it will cause me to not reach my maximum height I can wait the few more years. Can someone please shed some light on this topic. I know some of you are Doctors and thought you would know the truth to this. Thanks!
Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:31 am

Hi nalge,
There has been some research that suggests that heavy, strenuous, weight lifting during early adolecence may alter growth plates. Proper form and lifting techniques should be used for your particular muscles endurance. This aides in prevention of injuries. Always have a physical evaluation before beginning an exercise regimen.

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