One of the biggest myths we hear over and over is that weight lifting stunts growth. As with most everything in life, there is always an exception. Even the 49ers beat the Seahawks every now and then. For the 99% of young men and women who are not the exception, here is the deal:
We have worked with kids as young as six years old and continued to train them until they hit the college years (where they played sports) and we have never seen any signs whatsoever of stunted growth. In fact, studies show that training proper functional movement patterns at a younger age help athletes later on in their careers and prepare for sports at a higher level. In our years of experience, we have had 100’s of athletes go through our program with no signs of stunted growth.
Here is the deal- everyone has growth plates in their skeletal system as they develop physically. In order for someone’s growth to be stunted, there must be an injury to the growth plate or it suffers a break. Another way for growth to be stunted is if lifting is done with form so poor that the body begins to create unusual muscle developments. This in turn does not allow the persons maximum potential to be reached.
What we should be educating people on is the ideal time to start weight training; which many believe to be when the body hits the pre-pubescent years. If you want to be an athlete, weight training will become necessary at one point or another. Just like with most things, the earlier good training habits start to be formed, the better. When the body under goes positive stress, muscles starts to grow bigger and stronger which in turn leads to protection of the ligaments and tendons and helps prevent injury. All of which are key factors in long term success.
If you are serious about sports or getting your son or daughter prepared for proper athletic development, start training proper functional movement patterns early on. If you don’t work out with us, find a good strength and conditioning coach who will develop good habits for your athlete or yourself and continue to challenge them as they grow older. Never forget the best athletes show up every day to reach their dreams!