sorry but is this a joke?
you seldom see tall gymnasts because at an early age, taller ones drop out, as it is a disadvantage to be tall.
its the same as saying “does playing basketball as a child make you taller? cos you seldom see short basketball players” no, playing basketball does not increase your height, shorter players drop out at a young age as it is a disadvantage to be short.
No, it’s not a joke. I’m basically just wondering if hard training has any negative consequences where height loss is the only one I’ve heard of.
As for the basketball analogy, it’s not really true. Early age training in basketball is more about playing around than actual training, whereas early age gymnastics training is very rough on the body (extreme stretches, flips and so on). Which was what I meant.
Also, studies on young, hard training, female swimmers have shown that their first menstruation cycle got postponed. So obviously does hard training affect the growth of the human body in some ways, and then why not the height?
Maybe it has a positive effect if you look at “anecdotal” evidence. All those jacked up NFL players lift from a young age and they’re tall so…
Correlation does not = causation