National Athletic Training Month on March, 2018: Would weight training affect a 16 & 12 year old's growth? ?
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Lifting weights will not hinder your growth. This is just an unfortunate myth that keeps being repeated.
Doctors recommend strength training for youth. It improves athletic performance and helps prevent injury.
Various medical websites have articles on this. For example, see the following statement linked from the Cleveland Clinic:
“Despite the previously held belief that strength training was unsafe and ineffective for children, health organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) now "support children's participation in appropriately designed and competently supervised strength training programs."
NSCA position on resistance training for youth.
While you won’t stunt your growth lifting weights, you can be injured. It is very important to get instruction in proper lifting technique. If you don’t have an adult to instruct you, get this book
Back to National Swimming Competition after 7years?
no matter how old you are, as long you are eager to learn, you will learn Fast!
i started swimming few years ago when i was like 17, i was too eager after 3 months of training i competed on a school team and won.
if you are more athletic than before, it should be better, just remember the strokes in swimming
Thinking about joining national guard/army reserve?
Ok, I'm going through your post and numbering it, to make it easier to answer. I'm going to be speaking from a NG Point of View.
1. Yes, you have to go to Basic Training & AIT, just like anyone else. You will be there with NG, Reserve, and Active Duty all in the same place. This will be a total of 15 to 37 weeks long. 10 for basic, 5-32 for AIT.
2. Yes, this is possible. If a deployment comes up, you will be required to go on the deployment and you will be unable to attend school during this time.
3. You can Enlist in the National Guard first, then take advantage of their college benefits (which are much greater than that of the Reserve), then when you become a Junior, you will be able to contract into ROTC. Contracting in ROTC will help you out 2 fold. You will no longer be eligible for Deployments, because you will no longer technically be under that command, and you will guarantee yourself becoming a Commissioned Officer in the Active Duty Army, when you finish school. You will also be getting your ROTC Stipend on top of your GI Bill and kicker from the National Guard.
When you do finish school and commission, the time spent in the National Guard or Reserve, will transfer over to Active Duty. You will not have a higher rank, but you will get more money from Time in Service. (Look at Military Pay Charts) You will not skip any training.