By Dr. Antonio Gurule DC, CSCS
We are all trainers and coaches when we watch someone working out with poor technique or form.
We slowly walk by and try to give that “uh oh” look to get their attention in hoping they will stop the madness that they are embarking on. Watching, we wait patiently for the worst that is yet to come.
But set by set, they seem to survive somehow. They do another set even after more weight… We sit there pondering how this person is defying the laws of physics and biomechanics, as we ourselves are hurting just watching this person attempting to train.
Getting injured depends on many different factors, and so-called technique is only one of them. As our ego inflates with each pound increase on the bar, our capacity begins to reach its own limits putting us in quite the little pickle. “ Sacrifice what I know to be true because coach told me so, or spit it out and risk the inevitable harm that comes with poor lifting and training technique.”
How do others not get hurt deadlifting with the backs rounded out? Why does my arm hurt so much pressing overhead when that guy over there has way worse technique?
As with most things in life, very rarely do things change after one single event. And in the case of poor form or technique we face many of the same dilemmas, but time and time again there are some that shock us not knowing how they are not hurt. But in reality, only time will tell.
What is the one question we must always ask ourselves when auditing our own training program, or when glancing upon that of which someone else calls “training”?
What benefit am I trying to achieve? Will this help me reach my benefit or goal?
Let us follow up with; how much I am willing to risk that this might not happen to me if I do use poor form or technique, will this improve my lifestyle, can I continue lifting?
Although we cannot predict the exact moment and time when a future injury may occur, we can use the knowledge of proper techniques to guide us in the right direction to avoiding any potential hazards. So-called “proper” technique not only provides us with the best practices and guideline’s it also acts as a template to guide us in the best possible path for performance enhancement.
Sure that guy over there might be able to deadlift more than you, but with poor form like that, you might be deadlifting more than him very soon.
Let’s be proactive about of training. Reach out to our clinic for your individualized movement evaluation that will high light potential risk factors for injuries or performance.
-Health Through Movement-
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