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.
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....