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Weight Lifting for a Teenager?
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Is it safe for a preteen or young teen to be weight lifting? My 12-year-old son wants to start lifting weights, but I am worried that it will affect his growth. Am I just being paranoid?
— Sandy, Texas
Many parents are worried about children and teenagers who engage in weight lifting, but it actually poses no greater health risk than most other sporting activities. However, a teenager should lift weights under the guidance of a coach, trainer, or person who's knowledgeable about proper technique and appropriate regimens for youth.
It is also very important for children and teenagers to avoid lifting excessive weight or overusing one group of muscles. Heavy lifting and overly strenuous regimens can result in damage to the growth plate of bones and/or the developing ligaments and tendons. The weight lifting routine should be varied, enjoyable, and appropriate for your son's body size and strength. As with any sport, your son should undergo a physical exam before starting in order to make sure he has no medical issues. If he experiences any pain when lifting, this should be investigated immediately.
Weight lifting can be beneficial for teenagers: It can help them stay fit and improve their muscle strength and athletic performance, as well as increase their bone density and protect their bodies from injury. I would allow your 12-year-old to begin lifting weights, but I would definitely make sure that he's supervised by an expert who's mindful of the needs and limitations of an adolescent's growing body.
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