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Prevalence and Consequences of Injuries in Powerlifting – REVIEW

A Cross-sectional Study – Review

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 6(5), 2325967118771016
DOI: 10.1177/2325967118771016

This was a local study that investigated the prevalence, localization, and characterization of injuries among Swedish classic powerlifters, with an emphasis on differences between men and women, and to investigate whether training and lifestyle factors are associated with an injury.

Seventy percent (73/104) of participants were currently injured, and 87% (83/95) had experienced an injury within the past 12 months. The lumbopelvic region, shoulder, and hip were the most common injured area for both sexes. Women experienced a significantly greater frequency of injuries in the neck and thoracic region than men. Injuries seemed to occur during training.

The study concluded that the Injuries are very common in sub elite powerlifters. Men and women report similar injury frequencies but different anatomic locations. These injuries do not prevent powerlifters from training and competing, but they may change the content of training sessions.

Why powerlifters develop injuries was unclear in the study; however, it is likely that the management of training loads and optimization of the lifting technique during the squat, bench press, and dead lift are of importance and affected the ration of injuries.

Click on the Study link to continue reading: Prevalence and Consequences of Injuries in Powerlifting_ A Cross-sectional Study


The Zen of Weight Lifting

Chop wood, carry water and other lessons that apply far beyond the gym.


One of the best article I have read in a while about Weightlifting.

The Zen of Weight Lifting – The New York Times

NY Times Article

Visual Feedback attenuates mean concentric Barbell Velocity loss and improves motivation…

Infographic from the NSCA.

Athletes may benefit from receiving visual feedback of kinematic outcomes during training periods, particularly when (1) training quality is of importance, (2) training volume is high, or (3) motivation is low.

This study examined the effects of visual kinematic feedback during the back-squat exercise.




1 Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory, The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at the Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel; and 2Child Health and Sports Center, Pediatric Department, Meir Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Kfar-Saba, Israel

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research  33(6) 1505-1511

In this paper, 71 sprinters and jumpers (S/J), 54 weightlifters (WLs), and 86 controls had their DNA analysed via a blood sample.

The aim of the current study was to examine genetic differences between subtypes of anaerobic athletes in 3 genetic variants: ACTN3 R577X, which is associated with muscle contractions; AGT Met235Thr which is associated with muscle growth; and PPARD T/C.

The results suggest that there may be a specific genetic makeup enabling an athlete to excel in speed-oriented events (sprints), rather than in strength-oriented events (weightlifting).

Continue Reading here: Genetic Variability Among Power Athletes THE STRONGER VS. THE FASTER