Weightlifting for Young Gamers: Does it Stunt Growth?

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This article dives into the rationale behind starting weightlifting for young gamers and dispels some commonly held myths.


Brett Becker

Occupational Therapist

Brett Becker MS, OTR/L, ACE-CPT is an Occupational Therapist and an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer where he has history working with traditional athletes. His traditional sports experience includes football, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, disc golf, volleyball, and wrestling. His undergraduate degree comes from the University of Northern Iowa in Psychology with a strong interest in sports psychology. Following undergrad he went on to earn his Masters in Occupational Therapy at Allen College where he now resides in Minneapolis, MN working as an Occupational/Hand therapist. He has been involved with multiple esports performance initiatives and education programs. 

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What Will You Learn?

  • Intro to Weightlifting for Young Gamers
  • Age as Factor
  • How To Introduce Weight Lifting?
  • Exercise Benefits
  • Summary
  • References
  • Quiz


Fitness and exercise is one of the most important ways to maintain good health throughout one’s life. Because of this many individuals will start exercising from a young age where sports and athletics are the primary focus of fitness. Occasionally, kids will be pushed by parents or coaches into weightlifting at a young age to help give them a strength advantage over those they’re competing with. When observed by outsiders, many will call into question the negative effects that this may have. This is often from the belief that lifting at a young age will stunt a child’s growth. This is pertinent as many who enter into competitive gaming are around the younger ages with some professional gamers even starting before the age of 10. This age coincides with the ages where some believe it is too early to begin strength training. With more of a focus being pushed on encouraging health and wellness in gamers, this article will look into what the research says surrounding this idea and the implications it has in gaming.

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