According to Dr. Avery Faigenbaums research, which is referanced below,
among many other refrances, youth strength training increases
self-esteem, prevents sports injuries, improves sports performance and
helps develop a healthy lifestyle.
Will external resistance stunt childrens growth?
In short, the answer is no. The chances of the forces imposed by
external resistance training compressing your joints and damaging your
epiphyseal cartilage plates is minimal.
Look at it this way - Certain sport specific actions, such as jumping,
can impose a force of up to 6 times your bodyweight on your joints,
tendons, muscles et cetera.
It astounds me how people think that performing a squat with an
external resistance of around the bodyweight, if that, will stunt their
Even performing lifts biomechanically incorrect and with "too much,"
external resistance the chances of stunting your growth is still
minimal. However, incorrect biomechanics and load will cause injury,
just not to your epiphyseal cartilage plates
Below are over 100 studys stated, of which provide information, once
further researched will present results showing positive child
development through external resistance training.
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