Preventing Injuries When Weight Lifting

Silford Warren, a talented New York-based certified public accountant (CPA) with more than three decades of experience, currently runs his own accounting, bookkeeping, and financial services firm in Brooklyn. In his free time, Silford Warren maintains a high level of physical activity and regularly jogs and lifts weights.

Although lifting weights is a great way to stay healthy, a wide range of injuries may result from the various exercises involved. The most common weightlifting injury results from individuals dropping weights on themselves. While this can be caused by several things, lifting too much weight is typically the problem. As a general rule, stop adding weight once you are unable to complete full repetitions. This prevents you from overloading your body and decreases the risk of injury.

Another common cause of injury is equipment problems like an unstable platform or bars that do not rotate: lifting on an uneven surface will like cause ankle joint injuries, while lifting with a nonrotating bar can cause injury in the radiocarpal joints. Before you starting lifting, make sure you check all the equipment you plan on using to ensure it is working properly and is not damaged.

Lastly, poor form is especially risky for weightlifters who are just starting out. Not maintaining the proper form puts unnecessary strain on your tendons and joints, thus increasing the risk of injury. When doing heavy lifts, make sure you use a full range of motion instead of just doing half-reps. Additionally, avoid hunching your back during deadlifts or rolling your shoulders during bench presses.

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