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Safe age for weight lifting

10/08/2008

Question:

Weight is a safe age for a boy to start weight lifting?

Answer:

Most experts recommend waiting until a child reaches the age range of 13-16 years to begin a formal weight training program.  It is important to be sure the child's biological development matches his or her chronological age. 

Until then, there are many great exercises and activites that utilize body weight, bands, med balls, etc. that are safe for younger children.  It is always prudent to consult your pediatrician before beginning any program.  Using a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) as a resource is also a good idea.

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Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Clnical Instructor
The School of Allied Medical Proffesions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University