The words strength sports and injuries go quite hand in hand. The amount of tenacity and endurance and physical exertion these sports call for is tremendous. Many times these injuries are long-term and chronic, on some other times they are accidental and on-the-spot. From sprains and cramps to muscle tear to serious cranial and spinal injuries – anything can happen, but they can be prevented as well.
Extremely Dangerous But Not Discouraging
By stating a sport as extremely dangerous, it should not sound discouraging, nor should one not take them up. But caution is necessary and it is always better to go to battle swords and shields rather than unarmed. One should also know the facts about Strength Sports.
So where are some of the strength sports that you need to be extra careful about.
There has been much debate about whether this regime is a safe one or is full of injury potholes. Other than lower back pain which is common, CrossFit training can lead to tennis elbow…
CrossFit is more like a global fitness regime than an actual professional sports, but since it is practised worldwide in more than 13000 gyms and fitness centres, I thought I might as well include it here. Founder Greg Glassman has always admittedly said that do it wrong and “it can kill you”. You can check out different people’s opinion about it compiled by Forbes here. CrossFit incorporates training similar to heavy-weight and power sports like weightlifting, powerlifting, and calisthenics and so on.
There has been much debate about whether this regime is a safe one or is full of injury potholes. Other than lower back pain which is common, CrossFit training can lead to tennis elbow, Achilles tendon, rotator cuff tendons, De Quervain’s Tenosinovitis.
Powerlifting is one of the most heavyweight strength sports comprising of three lifts – bench press, squat and deadlift. The sports originate from an older event called ‘odd lifts’ which was in vogue in the strongman competitions, but included a vaster range of heavy events. The current avatar of powerlifting is the codified version of the odd lifts.
Powerlifting is one of the most heavyweight strength sports comprising of three lifts – bench press, squat and deadlift.
With three different types of lifts, there are way more chances of acute injuries and pains.
The squat lift starts with the lifter standing straight and the wright loaded bar on his or her shoulders. The lifter then has to come down to a squatting position while holding the bar up. This lift is known for rectal prolapse and SI joint or sacroiliac joint dysfunctions.
The lifter then has to come down to a squatting position while holding the bar up. This lift is known for rectal prolapse and SI joint or sacroiliac joint dysfunctions.
The lifter has to press his or her back against a bench, hence the name, and bring the bar motionless near the chest. This is a very dangerous and risky one, first of all because the lift is near to the more delicate parts of the body like neck, face and chest rather than legs or back. This can lead to major pectoral muscle tears, tendon problems in triceps and clavicle osteolysis (collarbones).
Deadlift is more like weightlifting, where the lifter pulls the weighed bar off the ground, but does not lift it over their head, instead just holds it down, putting the weight on their grip. Deadlifts can cause hamstring tears and shin abrasions.
The popular Olympic event is a mass favourite, where there are two lifts the contestants have to participate in – snatch and clean & jerk. It uses barbells that are to be lifted off the ground and held overhead till the referee whistles. In the snatch, the lifter has to pull of the weight in one continuous motion – an action that can cause biceps tendon rupture and other callous tears. In clean and jerk, the barbell is rested midway on the clavicles before lifting overhead – it can cause serious clavicular abscess, wrist, patellar and lumbar spine issues as well as finger injuries from grip.
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