Does Weight Training Too Young Stunt Growth?

September 3rd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Concerned parents often keep their teenagers from weight training, fearing that it may effect their growth. There is no need for concern since there is plenty of research out there, that excercise or weight training does not effect children’s growth at all. One study for example (Malina, R.M. 1994), found that high levels of physical activity or sports training had no effect on growth rate in boys or girls. It also had no effect on when a girl reaches menarche onset(menstruation age).