Will strength training stunt my child’s growth?

A common misconception regarding strength training is that it will stunt your child’s growth but this is not true!

Recent data has shown that well-designed strength training programs have not had any negative effects on growth plate health or linear growth in children.

What are the benefits of strength training?

There are many benefits of strength training. Not only can it improve motor skill performance, speed and power, strength training can also reduce risk of injury. It is important that children build up enough muscle to be able to keep up with increasing training demands in modern day sports.

For example, a softball or baseball pitcher who does a lot of overhand throwing would benefit from shoulder resistance exercises to avoid common injuries seen with this type of activity.

Strength training can also improve cardiovascular fitness, bone mineral density and body composition and reduce risk of developing high cholesterol and diabetes. This can be a great way to encourage overweight children, who would be less likely to participate in an aerobic exercise program, to increase their overall activity level. After they see some lifestyle improvements from strength training, they will be more likely to continue a program. Aerobic activity can then be gradually introduced because an ideal exercise program includes both aerobic and strength training exercises.

Read my full article – Is Strength Training Safe For Children?

Good Luck, and Happy Parenting!

To Health! 

Questions? Please Ask, We're Always Happy To Provide More Information

Check out these free parenting resources from our health experts!

Kidcrew Medical

The general information provided on the Website is for informational purposes and is not medical advice.

Do NOT use this Website for medical emergencies.

If you have a medical emergency, call a physician or qualified healthcare provider, or CALL 911 immediately. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-treatment based on anything you have seen or read on this Website. Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed and qualified health provider in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Website and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.
Dr Dina Kulik Kidcrew Medical

Dr. Till Davy

“Dr. Davy what are your thoughts on Virtual Visits?”

We always ask: “What is in the patient’s best interest. I have been impressed by how much help we can give during virtual visits.”

After 40 years in pediatrics – and teaching medical students about the importance of direct contact with patients and the enormous value of the physical examination – I have been impressed by how much help we can give during virtual visits when the pandemic made us re-evaluate the way we practice.

About Dr. Carissa Simone, MD.

Dr. Simone completed medical school at St. George’s University and her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida. She enjoys the continuity that pediatrics provides and watching her families grow. When not working, Dr. Simone enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

View All Posts