Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Does Weight Lifting Stunt Your Growth?

Weight lifting is a competitive sport where the participant lifts a maximum amount of weight. Strength training uses resistance to increase one's ability to exert or resist force.

Weight lifting or power lifting should be delayed to the time of physical maturity but strength training (in moderation) can be done with positive effects at any age. The journal, The Physician and Sportsmedicine (2003) states: "Training may actually be an effective stimulus for growth and bone mineralization in children".

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