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Relative safety of weightlifting among school age people

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:47 pm    Post subject: Relative safety of weightlifting among school age people Reply with quote

Relative Safety of Weightlifting and Weight Training.
Brian Hamill
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1994, 8(1), 53-57.

This is a brief review of an article written by Brian Hamill (involved with Youth Development in BWLA) in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Full article can be found in the coaching section once I finish setting it up.

The author wanted to determine if weightlifting was more dangerous than weight training or other common school sports. It was pointed out from his studies that one common problem was the definition of weightlifting and that a number of studies had not well defined ways to differentiate weightlifting from weight training thereby causing injuries.

Schools were surveyed by questionnaire to determine the injury rate among students (primarily age 13-16) receiving instruction in weight training and weightlifting. The questionnaires were only sent to teachers who had attended the BWLA instruction course and would therefore be competent in teaching the technique.

***Insert results table***

Nice quote from the discussion: 'There is no statistically convincing evidence in the scientific literature that weightlifting or weight training are particularly hazardous. The overwhelming impression from the surveys and literature is that both are markedly safer than other sports, certainly when supervised by qualified people.'
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