I went to my skool gym 2day and i was about to do some deads when one of my friends said that deads stunt ur growth.
We went to this instructor/counselor guy, and he said that he didnt like deads, and that there were better exercises. I knew he was wrong, but i felt bad if i went and did deads. i decided to do a reverse hyper extension instead.
Do deads really stunt growth, or is that BS?
PS- im 14 if that matters and im pretty sure i keep good form
They won't stunt your growth. It's complete BS - you aren't capable of picking up anywhere near enough weight to create forces high enough to fuse growth plates. No one is.
That said, if you don't keep good form, it's possible to get injured pretty easily if you haven't done some good work already on your lower back, hamstrings, etc, so take it slow while you learn the movement. I'd do 5-6 sets of 4-5 reps with a weight that isn't real challenging to get the groove at first - once you feel confident, start adding significant weight.
People tell me stupid stuff like that in my weightlifting class all the time. I was deadlifting once and these guys were giving me funny looks, finally one came over and told me I should wear a belt or my intestines will explode. I just laughed. That same day another guy asked if I was going to curl it. I'm probably the only person to deadlift with a straight bar in my school s weightroom. In football workouts (BFS program) we were taught to use trap bars. Today another football player told me there was something wrong with me because I lift intensely and take my lifting class seriously. Again, I just laughed. What a dumbass.