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Can weightlifting stunt growth?
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Posted 9/18/12
Mojo is a 15 years old boy who weighs 50 kg. And he is about to squat 70kg. And the following weeks, he will leg press 120kg. Will this have any effect on his growth whatsoever? And this will continue for a short oeriod of time (3 months)
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I'm not terribly sure, people are debating about it.

The epiphyseal plates, otherwise known as growth plates, are responsible for bone growth in children and adolescents. Located at the ends of bones, these cartilage plates divide and regenerate throughout a child's development, helping form new bone in the process. The process of regeneration eventually stops when you reach your full height, with the cartilage plates mineralizing and forming the ends of your mature bones. Worries about damage to the growth plates have fueled belief in a link between weightlifting and stunted growth, Due to the impact of weightlifting on your bones and joints, according to to a 2009 study by Katherine Dahab and Teri McCambridge of Johns Hopkins University.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/430166-can-lifting-weights-when-young-stunt-your-growth/#ixzz26rd11e5C

Why does the boy need to weight lift at such a young age? Would it not be better to lightly grown your muscles? Football, rugby, hocky or whatever other athletic sports you consider
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Whether the boy need to lift weights at such a young age is irrelevant. Because that has already happened. But can 3 months of wrong doing affect 20 years of growing? I mean, the impact is not that strong from lifting 70 kg. Sure, it compresses your spine, but does it damage the growth plates so no further growth can occur?
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another link for mojo to look at
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_weight_lifting_affect_the_height

Alot of people for weight lifting at a young age, alot against. In the end Mojo's call
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I didn't lift weight until in my early adulthood in fear that I would stunt my growth. But seeing where my height ended up now that I'm in the age where "males stop growing," I wish I started lifting earlier..
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I agree with otsohiru.

I'm 5'3". All I know is I definitely had a big backpack in my k-12 school years. But, I'd like to believe its in my DNA.
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Yeah I've heard about this throughout my teen years and frankly it's probably this rumor that made me reluctant to work out during these years. However, it's actually not true. Weightlifting does not stunt your growth in any way that I'm aware of. I asked my doctor about it and she said it's not true and if you talk to trainers, they also say it's false. In fact, I would say it's actually good to start weightlifting during your teen years because it makes your bones stronger and you gain muscle, which burns more fat. Working out regularly promotes a healthier lifestyle too. Of course, you should also do cardio in addition to weights, not just weights.
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look u can start lifting at 15 if u wanted to ur 16 perfect time to lift by the time ur 17 and a half u will be benching 315...nothing like the jingle of 3 45's on each side to get every one in the gym to look at ya....if u have any questions just pm or what ever ive been a gym rat for 6 years
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Alrighty had a chat with a friend they said weight lifter for early -mid teens can affect growth as your bones are still developing, can cause you to develop a really boney build and other stuff. If they're worried or if you;re worried propose the question to a physiotherapist or something similar
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I also carried a big backpack with all kinds of books in it. I've still grown 5 inches since then. But my biggest concern is whether a load of 70 kg can damage growth plates.
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Posted 9/18/12
trust me u have so much test in ur body all u need right now is protienn powder a good pre work out and creatien trust me u will see results in a month that blow ur mind with that combo...just make sure u get a createn that doesnt bloat u and dont buy pre work outs with createn in them ^_^
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Talk to a personal trainer if Mojo does go on with it. Make sure he get's a proper workout! If you focus on one group of muscles you'll turn out in an awkward shape. The subject has no evidence or research for or against the subject. So if Mojo does continue get a proper routine.
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Posted 9/18/12
Endurance workout is fine, but hypertrophy or strength workouts will stop/slow growth of young people...15 years old is not too bad, but I'd wait until 17+
Posted 9/18/12
That amount of weight shouldn't be a problem. Bones withstand a lot more stress from other physical activities.
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Posted 9/18/12
young men weight lifting can cause stunted growth but i dont know what age that changes at
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