[Sport-specific injuries in weight lifting]

Schweiz Z Sportmed. 1990 Apr;38(1):25-30.
[Article in German]


121 weight-lifters reported their past injuries due to their sport. 32% never had had any sports related medical problem. From the remaining 68%, 202 instances of injuries related to weight lifting were reported. They affected the knees (25%), scapular girdle (22%), back (21%), wrist (12%) and the elbows (6%). In about 10% of the known cases of knee injury, the rest period without any sports activity lasted more than 28 days. More often than not, it was due to degenerative processes of the joint. Sportsmen fear particularly shoulder injuries during the snatch movements. Accidents could be prevented to a large extent by relevant preventive actions such as warm-up exercises, a strict hygiene of the weights and devices and, most importantly, stable footwear.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Back Injuries
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / etiology
  • Male
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Weight Lifting / injuries*
  • Wrist Injuries / etiology