Adolescent Weight Lifting Myths

There are many myths that exist concerning the safety of children and adolescents lifting weights. It has long been believed that weight training could lead to an increased risk of injury. But, it has been found that when weights are used with caution and age appropriateness, there are positive benefits to strength training. It actually reduced the possibility or injury while playing organized sports. It is also a misconception to believe that weight training can cause more injury to growth plates than any other physical activity. Growth plate injury actually occurs more during participation in organized sports.

Many organizations agree that physical activities that strengthen the muscles are important for overall health.  It is also important for young people to participate in a wide variety of sports. These types of activity should be supervised, especially for beginners, until individuals learn how to operate equipment properly.  Weight raining can be simple, healthy, and effective.