The thing is that I don’t think it is contributing what people think it is contributing when it comes to sport performance.
Here are a few comments with regard to a previous post:
I was just trying to make the point that if you are using olympic lifting to help with your rugby or Gaa or whatever there is already a high enough chance of injury without your lifting contributing on top.
I agree…I was just pushing your buttons because I can.
So wouldnt it make sense then to go and learn how to do the lifts properly so you can get the most benefit out of it and not injure yourself in the process. Same for benching squatting whatever.
Absolutely agree…the problem is that the Olympic lifts are complex and take not only technical ability but a large amount of functional mobility and stability that is not necessarily essential for other sports…think how much functional mobility is needed to snatch versus how much is needed to run.
So for most athletes not only is there a significant amount of time needed to master the technical aspects of the lifts but an significant amount of time would also be required to attain the functional mobility and stability needed.
For most non professional athletes just finding the time to do any training is difficult enough and all that I am saying is that I use what will give me the most bang for my euro with regard to maximising sports performance…in far and away the most cases…that is not Olympic lifting.
I think someone that competes in Olympic lifting is probably going to be pushing a bit harder on the lifts than someone who is using them as part of a training program for their main sport but I think the incidence of injury would be a lot lower than soceer , rugby or GAA ?
I agree…the point that I am making is that for many athletes who are Olympic lifting as part of their training program for their sport is that they are skinning the wrong cat.
Barry Oglesby said…
I see what you’re trying to say regarding injury rates in conditioning. But surely something badly performed is going to cause injury no matter what it is?
For my money I’ve never seen many people injured by cleans but I have seen plenty of people done by deadlifting for example.
You need to get out more…I’ve seen plenty of people injure themselves doing both.
I can’t vouch for all of their techniques of course, I didn’t train them but that would be my anecdotal experience for what it’s worth. (Given that far more people dead than clean).
I’m glad you said this because I think this is the important point…no where near as many people Oly lift as deadlift. The other thing is that no one hurts themselves deadlifting or Olympic lifting with just the bar…get groups mediocre technique wise and strength wise with both and see what happens then.
Can you expand a bit on what you see are the greater dangers in O-lifting?
I think this question may be a result of my incoherent rambling and hopefully I’ve cleared my views on the issue…if not ask me again?