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    Don't know if this is the right place to post this... I read some articles on how specialising in one sport when young leads to overuse injuries affecting growth plates etc.. I'm kind of scared of a growth plate injury from lifting. Is it possible that lifting can be considered 'specialisation' or is it considered too general to be compared to a sport..
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    Originally Posted by RadialDevial View Post
    Don't know if this is the right place to post this... I read some articles on how specialising in one sport when young leads to overuse injuries affecting growth plates etc.. I'm kind of scared of a growth plate injury from lifting. Is it possible that lifting can be considered 'specialisation' or is it considered too general to be compared to a sport..
    Just don't do any pressing above the head because it might compress your spine, but that's your only limitation.

    Don't worry about it, lifting weights doesn't stunt your growth. Neither does doing the same sport loads.
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    Originally Posted by JamesPT View Post
    Just don't do any pressing above the head because it might compress your spine, but that's your only limitation.

    Don't worry about it, lifting weights doesn't stunt your growth. Neither does doing the same sport loads.
    compressing the spine isn't a issue with the press, it's a temporary thing if it even happens at all. Your spine is compressed all day if you're standing up all day, it's nothing to worry about
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    Originally Posted by cartermathis View Post
    compressing the spine isn't a issue with the press, it's a temporary thing if it even happens at all. Your spine is compressed all day if you're standing up all day, it's nothing to worry about
    Thanks for clearing it...

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    The only way lifting could be "specialized" is if you are a powerlifter or bodybuilder. But as long as you are utilizing the entire body in your routine and keeping it at least slightly varied you likely wont end up developing overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are real in any sport but a growth plate injury is a pretty rare phenomena.
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    Originally Posted by RadialDevial View Post
    Don't know if this is the right place to post this... I read some articles on how specialising in one sport when young leads to overuse injuries affecting growth plates etc.. I'm kind of scared of a growth plate injury from lifting. Is it possible that lifting can be considered 'specialisation' or is it considered too general to be compared to a sport..
    OP, the specialized sports is an issue when kids start pitching at 10 years of age and pitch all year long for several years.

    Assuming you're doing a balanced full body weight workout you should be fine. Now, if you were ONLY doing something like triceps push downs for your entire workout, on every workout, THEN you'd have something to worry about... ;-)
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