I just got back into powerlifting after a 25 year hiatus. I started training again at a gym here in Sweden - (I relocated here for work) - and found a pretty hardcore gym to train. I noticed the prevailing school of thought here is to just drop the bar after standing erect with a deadlift. You know, just let go and drop the bar like you throwing away a gum wrapper or something after each rep.
Back in my day, I thought this was verboten. As far as I recall, there were even rules against dropping the bar in competition as well, so we trained to that standard.
What gives? is this a European thing? A new thing? A Russian thing? A way to reduce stress and prevent injury of the lower back maybe?