No Dying! How To Avoid The Most Dangerous Accident In Olympic Weightlifting
Injuries are common in any sport. There is no doubt about it. However, there are certain sports where injuries seem to occur at a higher rate than others. One such sport is Olympic weightlifting (also known as weight training). According to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), there have been several cases of athletes getting injured while competing in the Olympics or World Championships.
Some of these athletes were even disqualified from their respective events.
The IWF has attempted to combat this problem by conducting studies and compiling data on the incidence of injuries in various weight classes. These studies have revealed some interesting facts:
Olympic weightlifters tend to get hurt more often than other athletes. They suffer from more severe injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments, dislocated joints, sprains and strains.
There seems to be a correlation between the number of years of experience and the likelihood of sustaining an injury. Experienced lifters are more likely to sustain injuries than those with less experience.
It appears that women are not immune from these dangers either. Women seem to suffer more severe injuries than men when competing in weight classes above 85kg (185lbs) but they don’t seem to suffer as much damage when competing in lower weights.
Most injuries tend to occur during the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.
Why are there so many injuries in Olympic weightlifting?
It is important to note that not all injuries incurred by weightlifters can be prevented. Some of them are caused by accidents that could not have been anticipated. However, most weightlifting injuries can be prevented with proper technique, conditioning and preparation. The most common types of injuries seem to be strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures. Proper training can help prevent these types of injuries.
As you will see, many of these injuries occur when lifters attempt to lift more weight than they can handle or because of a sudden drop or loss of balance while moving heavy loads. Some types of injuries are a result of incorrect lifting technique (such as poor squat form). Most of these injuries could be prevented by either decreasing the amount of weight being lifted or by using proper lifting techniques.
Muscle strains and ligamentous injuries are probably the most common types of injuries in weightlifting. These types of injuries are caused by tearing of muscles or the connective tissues which join muscles to bone (tendons). Some muscles are more prone to injury than others, especially those of the lower back.
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