how do i get taller?

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  1. dAgEnIuS

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    i'm 14 years old and about 5.6 feet tall...

    i was growing at least a third of an inch every month about 1 or 2

    years ago...

    but recently, i find myself not growing AT ALL no matter how much i

    eat and drink milk...

    and i find my my legs getting crooked between the ankle and the

    knee....

    I know that i don't have to be tall in order to play tennis, but i

    think being a bit taller would give me an advantage on my serves

    and volleys...

    So does anybody have an advice how to grew even a little bit

    once you stopped growing???
     
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  2. Trey

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    unless you are planning on taking HGH you are genetically going to be limited assuming normal nutrition.

    I wouldn't worry about it. First how tall are people in your family? Lots of people hit growth spurts in their late teens. If you end up being 5'9" well there are some pros that are that height and some even shorter.

    8)
     
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  3. dAgEnIuS

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    well, my familly isn't very tall either...
    my dad is just a wee bit taller than me and my mom and my 17year old sister is about 3~4 inches shorter than me..
    and i'd say im desperate to be even 5'9"...
     
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  4. Ronaldo

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    Google gravity boots and add light dumbells
     
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    Short people have a lower center of gravity and can move more effectively as a result. Think of Michael Chang. Maybe that should be part of the basis of your game.

    If you have bad posture, you may be able to squeeze out an extra inch or two by improving it, but I wouldn't use any drugs, hormones, or exercises to alter your genetic height. How would you like to be short AND have permanent problems?

    I recently read somewhere why it is bad to hang upside down, but I can't remember much of it. I don't think it's a good idea, but if you insist on it, do your research. Maybe discuss it with a doctor and/or your parents.

    At 14, you have a lot of years ahead of you and a lot to learn. Consider what effect things you do now will have in the future and if you might regret them later on.

    Here's another thing. Check out www.tennis4you.com. The author is a 5.0 player, a serve and vollyer, and I think he's only 5'5". Maybe you can send him an email about the topic.
     
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  6. Ronaldo

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  7. andfor

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    Ronaldo, are you serious or kidding? How is bouncing up and down going to make you taller? If this really works how about a Pogo Stick?
     
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    I don't know andfor, but it looks like he will have a helluva lot of fun either way!
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Trying to hold the dumb bells and Pogo at the same time could be very challenging and even dangerous for the novice Pogoer. When I was young and pogoed I could pogo with no hands. If you could do that then you could hold the weights while pogoing.

    I was about a 5.5 poger back in the day. Unless you're at least a 5.0+ poger do not start off trying to hold the dumbells and pogo at the same time.

    For the moment I am getting a chuckle out saying the word POGO.............
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    Uh, just meant standing up in those boot makes u taller. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
     
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  11. andfor

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    That make sense. But what does the light dumbells have to do with it?
     
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  12. MegacedU

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    Be careful what you wish for.

    You don't want to be too tall. I'm 5'8'', I'm a girl, and when you're tall you're 75% more awkward than everyone else. If you have blonde hair make that 85%. Take it from me, I'm tall and blonde and I hit my head on things, get hit in the head, etc etc. Plus, I wouldn't worry about your serve. There are other things you can do to enhance that.

    Oh and by the way, If you're a guy, guys grow until they're 23. You've got lots of time.
     
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  13. Marc C.

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    You must be kidding!!
     
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  14. Ace Rimmer

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    Studies show that continued physical activity during the teen years extends the growth period as far as the early to mid 20's for males and up to the late teens / early 20's for females. This is partly because the blood supply to the secondary ossification centres is more active, allowing more growth to take place before these centres are fused onto the primary centres of the bone. Also, with adequate protein intake, the body will manufacture greater amounts for HGH and enhance structural growth while the secondary centres are still active. Therefore, if you want to grow taller, do not sit on your butt watching TV or playing video games - stay active and get plenty of dietary protein.
     
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  15. Nosoupforyou

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    Your height is purely genetic. There is nothing that can modify your height. Sorry, but you're limited to your genetics here.
     
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  16. andfor

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    I knew a guy once who went to a doctor about this very problem He was much shorter than 5'6". I think he had some kind of sugery to his pituitary gland and took HGH. He grew afterwards.

    See your doctor and talk with him about it.

    Read this before you go to the doc.

    http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/growth/growth_hormone.html

    Hope it helps.

    Good luck
     
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  17. Rickson

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    Forget the milk, take calcium tablets. The calcium doesn't actually make you grow taller, but strong bones will certainly help more than hurt you during your growing years. Your growth will be determined by your genetics so don't think about it too much and just let nature take its course.
     
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    Rickson. Good advice. I probably was not clear. As I am not a doctor it does not sound to me as if this guy has a medical problem. I wanted to post the information so he could see for himself and make his own call. Certainly do not let yourself worry to about it.

    There have been many successful pro athletes who are small/short. In tennis we have the Rochus brothers, Eddie Dibbs, Harold Soloman and Michael Chang to name a few. I think Rios was only 5'8" but listed at 5'9"
     
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    There is a type of surgery that could make you taller, but it's mainly performed on dwarfs.
     
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    That website's a scam. It's very funny though.
     
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  22. andfor

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    This thing has come full circle. Funny, serious, funny again. Back to the gravity boots and dumbells idea!
     
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  23. Power Game

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    This kind of treatment is not for everyone. This is caused by lack of hGH (human growth hormone) (hypothyroidism....etc), and can have different causes. This treatment is also not 100% safe and without side effects, that's why your doctor probably won't give it to you unless it is serious.

    I would only be concerned if both your parents are tall (and basically most of your family) and you are not. Since this is not the case just load up your diet with Ca and K. There are many things that stunt growth, so make sure you aren't involved with any of those (I'll leave them up to you to research). Also, you are 14, you still have a good 6 years until you stop growing.
    Good luck
     
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  24. finchy

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    tip: do not take too much calcium. my friend who is 16 already has calcium deposits in his knees. probably genetic, but i'd ask a doctor about everything.
     
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  25. tennismx

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    Streeeetch

    Don't worry too much! You're only 14, and guys grow a lot through their teens. My brother sure is. You probably have a few more growth spurts coming.

    I'm only 5'5, but I'm a 17 year old girl, so I probably won't grow anymore, BUT heels are great. I'm not sure if you could run well on the court with them, though...

    No, seriously--stretching lengthens your muscles, so stretch frequently. And don't slump--stand and sit up straight. Also, yoga lengthens and tones if that is not too girly for you.

    Eat your veggies, drink your milk, and be patient--growing takes time. You can't fight nature.
     
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    You musta grown up in the 60's....

    Those are soooo ugly, dude. Hate to break it to you, but today those are worn by prostitutes. The current look is bright colored flats. Don't you read your fashion magazines?
     
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    mx, those r the height of fashion
     
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  30. Serve-And-Volley

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    I know how you feel but being short has it advantages. I still serve and volley on almost all my first serves and even some of my second serves. I also am sort of muscular since we can't be tall we might as well be strong. I also read if you keep working out that you will grow. So don't think of anything as a weakness just use it as a launchpad to get other areas stronger.
     
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    Stand upside down and scream really loud.
     
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    To my knowledge, no link between calcium deposits and a high intake of calcium has ever been established. From what I've read, reducing calcium intake is never a treatment for calcium deposits. However, it is conceivable that extremely high levels of calcium taken or an extended period of time can possibly cause other problems -- perhaps, hypercalcemia.

    Note that calcium is best utilized when vitamin D levels are adequate. The sun is probably the best source of vitamin D. Milk, which contains calcium, is commonly fortified with vitamin D. Note that some OJs are available that are enriched with both calicium and vitamin D. Calicum is often supplemented with Mangesium = Cal-Mag supplements.
     
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    So, the OP is now 19 years old... let's hear from him as to his final height! :)
     
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  35. topher.juan

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    Did you ever see the movie Gattaca? OP should wait until he's 18-19 then consider such operation.
     
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    Guys, I'm a 23 year old guy and 5'4" barefeet.

    Yes, someone always has it worse. You'll learn to accept whatever you are when you become an old man like me, hah.
     
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    Wow! Didn't realize that this was a 5 yr old thread. Unfortunately the OP hasn't posted anything in the past 2 years, so we may never see a response from him.
     
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  38. plasma

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    jumping on a trampoline will make you taller, jump for 20 or more minutes a day. The girl who said being tall means being akward should save her dumbass comment for other girls. Obviously being tall means getting more in life for a guy, feeling more confident, etc. Tallness is a gift.
    Women loooove tall guys. Being tall in boxing is often a greater advantage than strength. Being tall feels wonderful. Run and jump and play and your body will naturally elongate and grow super tall. THe best way is to play as much tennis as possible.
     
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  39. reesespiecestennis

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    ^^ that was kind of uncalled for.
     
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  40. Ronaldo

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    Agree, in fact just watching girls jump on a trampoline 20 minutes or more a day seems to make me taller.
     
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    Hey man I was 5'3 going into my freshman year of high school. By the start of Junior year I was 6'2, and now I'm closer to 6'4 than to 6'3. Not time to worry yet.
     
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    Do not recommend this, it isn't necessary.
     
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    dagenius, I'm just going to lay this out as straight as possible: don't even worry about it. Trust me on this one, when you're younger, there is a lot of "competition" to see who is going to start shaving first, who can feel up the blonde girl in social studies with the huge rack first and who will break 6ft tall first. At 14, I was about 5'5. I'm a junior in college now and as far as I can tell have stopped growing at just under 5'11. It's the perfect height for me.

    There are far more things you can do on the court when you're not huge. You will be a lot more agile than most. If you're worried about how girls will react to you being shorter, again, they don't. A great friend of mine has women falling all over him and is no taller than 5'5. It's personality.

    So, basically what I'm trying to tell you is that you really haven't even hit your main growing stage yet, and even if you have, it won't even matter in the future. You'll have just as many friends and play just as good tennis. Eating more calcium will NOT make you taller, and taking growth hormones is quite frankly one of the stupidest things I've ever seen posted on this forum and am actually upset someone thought it was a viable solution. You are 14 and are still growing. Your balls are going to be boiling with testosterone for the next few years, so just wait until you're about 20. By the time you're there, you'll either be taller, or realize that it doesn't matter in the slightest.
     
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    c'mon guys, be serious. All I did was play tennis tournaments, and hit balls all day and I tower over most of you guys. How many posters here are intelligent enough to admit that a person can affect their own height?
    How many other posters here have spent significant time with kids who were stunted by malnutrition.
    I went to a poor place where beggar kids were beaten once, one of many. My rich gf at the time sped back to the states. I stayed a couple of months to study their martial art but wound up being a mentor to the street kids who were beaten by authorities, family and teachers.
    I taught them safely what I had to endure headshots, headaches and damage to learn, good wing chun blocking.
    As I walked down the dirt street every day I would hear the cries of these tiny undergrown worker kids, begging for their next lesson...
    "Boxing Man" they would say "boxing Man"..."yay" ...Boxing Man"
     
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    ^^^:D :D :D

    Off to jump on a trampoline :D
     
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  49. Mick

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    your chance of developing a serve like karlovic one day is greater than most of the people who have posted on this thread :shock:
     
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  50. Ronaldo

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    So proper nutrition is more effective than specific exercises? http://www.growtaller4idiots.com/?hop=darbank
     
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