Weightlifting, weight training and injuries.

J. R. Basford

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Although millions of men and women in the United States are regularly involved in some form of weightlifting, the average physician knows, and frequently cares, little about the sports involved. As a result, his or her knowledge of the medical and physiological issues involved is limited This article attempts to address this lack by beginning with a brief introductory section outlining some of the similarities differences between the major weight lifting approaches (power lifting, olympic lifting, weight training and body building). Next it reviews major issues and controversies such as age restrictions for lifters, physiological effects, drug use, potential strength gains and hypertrophy. Finally, it discusses some of the more frequent and unique injuries that can occur in lifters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1051-1056
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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