Does lifting weight stunt growth? or is that just a myth?

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  1. Sammo

    Sammo New Member

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    Lifting weights as in doing routines where you are doing close to your max squat among other exercises, and let's say the person is 16 or younger. What say you, F&N lifting gurus?
     
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    one of the biggest myths evar.
     
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    oh it does more then that, horrible side effects.

    nah it doesn't dude, search a bit if you're really that concerned
     
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    bdr thinks otherwise :mamoru:
     
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    squats compress your spine making you shorter


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    :no:
     
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    Word just don't work out and get fat. You'll be happier.
     
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    I'm 21, it's sometimes interesting to hear what F&N thinks
     
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    makes you grow bigger in other ways :naughty:
     
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    C4 OT OG Aussie #1

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    i was already a midget before i started working out - so i had nothing to worry about :wtc:
     
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    You're pretty much done growing.

    From the articles I've read (probably mostly Men's Health), it is a myth. Additionally, people usually put it in the context of boys going through puberty. They wonder if it's good for their 12 year old son to be lifting.

    A 21 year old... not so much. You're done growing.

    Squatting on the other hand has been linked to stunted height growth FROM WHAT I READ and UNDERSTAND. However, I don't think I'm pushing enough weight to shorten my 6 foot frame.

    American College of Sports Medicine article on the subject of children and weight lifting:

    http://www.acsm.org/AM/Template.cfm...late=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentFileID=671


     
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    if a male hasn't hit puberty yes it can very well stunt growth

    especially if your epiphyseal plate(s) haven't fused together
     
  12. Mike McDermott

    Mike McDermott It's evolution, baby. OT Supporter

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    Men sometimes grow into their early 20's.
     
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    I think the main focus in the stunted growth argument is interference with a growth spurt during development/puberty.

    However if anybody in their 20s uses the stunted growth argument not to lift weights I'd have a hard time respecting that person.
     
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    I was 6' tall before I started squatting :(
     
  15. Sgt. Dignam

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    No. It doesn't.
     
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    I wouldnt go heavy until the child reaches puberty. After that I would say its ok to start going heavy. B
     
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    I'm not expecting to grow anymore, this thread isn't about me...it's just a question
     
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    I've read a couple of studies that show compression over a lifetime of lifting. It showed compression as well as density increases in the bone. Interesting but nothing i'll worry about, especially since compression is natural.
     
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