U of A biomechanist debunks myth that weightlifting is dangerous for kids and suggests it might be a necessary piece to combat an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

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2019

Lifting weights is not the invitation to injury and developmental issues in young people that it was once thought to be—in fact, it might even be necessary in some cases, contends a University of Alberta physical activity expert.

“When we’re doing right by our children and exposing them to a lot of physical activity outside, and not necessarily sport-specific activity, then children develop naturally,” said Loren Chiu, a U of A biomechanist and weightlifting coach.

 

“However, weight training or skill development can be used to fill in the gaps to get adolescents to where they should be to avoid problems as they age.”

Conventional wisdom has always held that resistance training in still-developing athletes had too many drawbacks to make it worthwhile. The main concerns were that it would lead to injuries and stunted growth....

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January
2019

16 U of A clean energy projects receive funding boost

U of A spinoff that turns windows into solar panels among projects sharing more than $20 million from Alberta Innovates.

Before coming to the University of Alberta from Iran in 2012 to pursue an education in
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January
2019

COMMENTARY || Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Cherokee ancestry is a form of violence

Be it by the barrel of a carbine or a mail-order DNA test, the American spirit demands the disappearance of Indigenous people, says Native studies professor.

In the early 1990s, I bought a T-shirt at a powwow that read, “No! My great-grandmother was not a
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January
2019

Four reasons to look to the skies in 2019

A lunar eclipse, a momentous anniversary and great views of four planets in our solar system make this a good year for stargazing, says U of A astrophysicist.

The skies of 2019 will light up with lots for stargazers to enjoy, especially at the beginning and
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January
2019

Culturally appropriate services for First Nations critical during wildfire evacuations, study shows

New U of A research first to look at why Indigenous people want to leave or stay in their community after mandatory evacuation notice.

Members of Indigenous communities faced with abandoning their homes during mandatory wildfire