Does Working Out Stunt Your Growth?

There are many misconceptions about working out. Image from Pexels.

There are many misconceptions about working out. Image from Pexels.

L. Perkins, Staff Writer

One of the biggest myths in weight lifting is that it can stunt your growth. Though this myth has been proven false, some people still believe it. According to Healthline, naturopathic doctor and certified sports nutritionist Rob Raponi says that “the misconception that lifting weights stunts growth likely stems from the fact that injuries to growth plates in immature bones can stunt growth.” This is saying that injuring yourself from weightlifting causes a stunt in growth, and not weight lifting itself. Most weightlifting injuries come from poor form, lack of experience, or overexertion. If you take the necessary precautions they are pretty easily preventable. 

But why is form so important? There are many reasons as to why correcting your form is important, such as using the correct group of muscles, and preventing injuries such as muscle tears, sprains, bone fractures and even breaking bones. But how do you have a proper form? Your form varies with each exercise you do. I recommend either going on youtube and searching for videos or looking up pictures on the internet. There are a lot of good tools you can use to have good form and prevent injuries.

Overall weight lifting doesn’t cause any stunt in your growth. The stunt in your growth comes from experience and poor form, which is preventable if you do the exercises efficiently and correctly.