If you ae one of those incredibly lucky individuals who can train a lifetime and not get injured, I envy you. Yes there are reasons why some people get injured more than others, maybe it’s due to poor form, lack of rest or poor nutrition, but fact remains that the vast majority of people that exercise get injured. This is no more true than for heavy weight lifters and powerlifters, because quite simply, they place more strain on their joints than any other athlete!
What is ‘heavy lifting’?
A team of researchers at Ohio State University decided to look directly into the strain that heavy lifting can place on the joints. They established that ‘heavy lifting’ can be adequately described as ‘a weight that prevents you from completing more than 8 reps’. So a seasoned powerlifter is likely to be able to complete 8 reps of a heavier weight than a newbie in the gym, so this analogy works well because it’s relative. Persistent heavy lifting can lead to inflammation in joints, cartilage deconstruction and an inability to regenerate cartilage, however, this can be significantly reduced if you observe adequate rest, and nutrition is on point.