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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-19

Incidence and prevalence of weight lifting injuries: An update

Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, K. S. A

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Qassim I Muaidi
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, P.O. Box: 2435, Postcode: 31451, Dammam, Eastern Provience
K. S. A
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.173476

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Weightlifting is considered as a dynamic strengthen exercise and power sport in which the athletes lifts a maximum weight with one repetition. The weightlifting as other sports has common musculoskeletal injuries in different body location corresponding to the sports beneficial. However, identifying the injuries incidence and the etiology is a first two-step in the model of the injury prevention in order to introduce preventive measures for sports. Therefore, this literature review is aimed to focus on the incidence and the etiology related to injuries of the weightlifting. However, the incidence injuries studies revealed that the children have more injuries related to accident than the adults. Whereas, the adults have more injuries related to strain and sprain. The most common injured locations are shoulder, lumbar spine, knee, elbow, hand, and wrist in the weightlifters. The percentage of the injuries according to location is the shoulder (36%), lumbar spine (24%), elbow (11%), and the knee (9%). In the other hand, the rule and regulation in the weightlifting had been changed since 1972 in which the clean and press lift eliminated from the competition due to the risk of this lift. Finally, weightlifting considered as safe sport if it is compared with other sports.

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