I have heard of this mostly with children…other aspects could be geneitcs, nutrition and types of exercises a youth performs.
(See: The Role of Exercise and Physical Activity on the Epiphyseal Growth Plate on the link below)
The effects of exercise on the epiphyseal growth plate needs further research to comprehend the entirety of this dynamic anatomical and physiological entity. Research in the area of the epiphyseal growth plate in some children who are sedentary needs to be addressed.
source: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
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I have not seen any research supporting this either. Genetics are the main factor deciding the height and then diet can play a part in the kid’s growing stage as well. A pediatrician would be the best person to consult about these issues. Personally I don’t train kids under 15 with weights and I prefer to stay more with functional training, body weight exercises and other plyometric moves.