I was looking at some results of powerlifting meets and I noticed they had teen divisions. Then I started looking up at what age kids should start lifting weights (heavier) and got mixed results, but several reputable sources (Mayo Clinic for example) said things like waiting until at least 13-15 with warnings about damaging growth plates. Male growth plates don’t fuse until around age 17, so how are these 16 year old “kids” putting up 1400 pound totals? If a kid breaks his leg falling out of a tree he generally doesn’t end up with one leg longer than another, so how is lifting weights different on the growth plates?
Is there an age that most people agree on or is it dependent on puberty or what? Or is it BS that kids need to wait until a certain age?
(I’m asking about lifting heavy, not general strength training, calisthenics, etc.)