Olympic weightlifters have the best training facilities and coaches, but they are not impervious to injuries. Traumatic injuries happen less than overuse injuries to the shoulders, lower back and knees. These areas are privy to the most common weightlifting injuriesamong elite U.S. weightlifters at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Olympic Weightlifting is comprised of two power moves; the clean and jerk and the snatch. Although these are two powerful lifts, and take great strength, do not mistake them for powerlifting moves. There is a big difference since powerlifting has three lifts that are performed: bench press, dead lift and squat. Olympic Weightlifting lifts showcase pure physical strength, but only by following set rules. The judging criterion adheres to strict guidelines, and when not adhered to, elimination ensues.
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