[Injuries and damage caused by excess stress in body building and power lifting]

Sportverletz Sportschaden. 1989 Mar;3(1):32-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-993630.
[Article in German]


A questionnaire, designed to elict information about training programs, experience and injury profile, was administered to 358 bodybuilders and 60 powerlifters. This was followed by a clinical orthopedic and radiological examination. The upper extremity, particulary the shoulder and elbow joint, showed the highest injury rate. More than 40% of all injuries occurred in this area. The low back region and the knee were other sites of elevated injury occurrences. Muscular injuries (muscle pulls, tendonitis, sprains) were perceived to account for 83.6% of all injury types. Powerlifting showed a twice as high injury rate as bodybuilding, probably of grounds of a more uniform training program. Weight-training should be associated with a sports-related medical care and supervised by knowledgeable people, who can instruct the athletes in proper lifting techniques and protect them from injury which can result from incorrect weight-training.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / etiology*
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / etiology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries
  • Male
  • Muscles / injuries
  • Risk Factors
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Sports*
  • Weight Lifting*