What is your sport: Weightlifting

Weightlifting is a sport frequently competed under individual lifts, such as the deadlift, squat, and clean press. The winner usually has lifted the most maximum amount of weight per 1 rep.  

Interestingly, this sport dates back to the days in Ancient Greece. Who could lift the heaviest has been a long time competition amongst men. The women’s category did not exist until the 1980s. Today, there are various lifts that athletes compete under, as well as varying categories. 

Weightlifting, as a sport and competition, requires great discipline. Training, including nutrition and physical elements, require focus and long-term commitment. Further, it’s of utmost important for athletes to get their form down pat. Injuries may arise if their technique is inadequate, especially if they go to progress or increase their weight factor for their lift. 

Main Muscles Used in Weightlifting

weightlifting injuries

Common Muscle Injuries from Weightlifting

The most common weightlifting injuries include: 

  • A Herniated Disc: Poor lifting techniques is often to blame for this painful back injury. 
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: Two of the more common injuries falling under this categorization include shoulder impingement and labral tears. 
  • Tennis Elbow: This is frequently caused by over gripping. 
  • Patellar Tendonitis: This is often from too-much-too-soon or overuse. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Weightlifting Injuries?

Prevention is key when it comes to weightlifting injuries. Make sure you get your form and technique down before increasing your weight or progressing your lift. If your form is off in anyway, you risk serious injury.  

If an injury does occur, halt your activity. Give your body time to rest and heal. If the pain continues or is severe, seek out the advice of a trained healthcare professional. They can help guide you toward recovery and through a treatment plan. 

Athlete’s Choice Massage is further here to help you get back to your regular activities. Our therapists can help guide healing for a variety of ailments and injuries. Contact our clinic today. Or better yet, book your next appointment online through our website. Get back to your normal! 


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