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Monday, October 12, 2009

Can overtraining stunt growth?

On the Swimming World website, a watered down version of the post on stunted growth from last November:


Anonymous said...

Good article. Your viewpoint certainly elicited lots of comments. The topic is obviously one of controversy and should be studied/discussed further.

John Craig said...

Anonymous -- Thank you. Yes, it did provoke some strong reactions.

I'm convinced it's true, especially after having seen some of the evidence locally. Part of the problem with this is it's a subject for which you could never have a perfectly controlled experiment, since there are so many variables that feed into growth. But common sense would tell you that overtraining at an early age could easily have a negative effect.