Weight Training for Children: Is It Safe?
Orthopaedic specialists used to recommend that children avoid weight
training because the growth plates on their bones might be at risk, but
recent studies have shown that this concern is unfounded. The very rare
reports of growth plate fractures in children who trained with weights
occurred as a result of inadequate supervision, improper form or excess
weight. "Growth plate injuries have not occurred in any youth strength
training study that followed established training guidelines." The
National Strength and Conditioning Association also confirms that "a
properly designed and supervised resistance training programme is safe
Young children must be supervised around weight training equipment.
Like adults, they may be injured if a weight is dropped, or if they perform
an exercise incorrectly. Children may also forget to follow the safety
guidelines, or be tempted to act irresponsibly.