Am I Too Young to Lift Weights? Stunt Growth Myth!
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Fourteen-year-old Jake Schellenschlager, who weighs 119 pounds and describes himself as a , made headlines recently bydeadlifting 300 pounds(nearly triple his body weight). Training under a coach’s supervision since 2011, Schellenschlager has been called a powerlifting phenomenon and the “Wonder Kid” after putting in impressive squat, bench press, and deadlift numbers. While Schellenschlager is only one example of the thousands of young competitive powerlifters across the United States, his story brings to light some important questions regarding the effect of extreme sports on developing bodies.
(Curious what this muscle-bound kid looks like? Check it out .)
With kids as young as three years old joining and 10- to 12- year-olds running marathons, it seems like participants involved in extreme sports are getting younger and youngerRunning-related injuries in school-age children and adolescents treated in emergency departments from 1994 through 2007. Mehl, AJ, Nelson, NG, McKenzie, LB. Clinical Pediatrics, 2011: 50 (2): 126-132.. We know that exercise can result in a host of , butcould strenuous exercise at a young age actually be detrimental?
— determining that it would be safe for kids to begin strength training as early as age 8 — but it cautions and discourages the explosive and rapid lifting of weights involved in powerlifting for children who are still growing.
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