The main thing, YES your risking it if your lifting heavy damn weights your always at a risk. one thing on DL dont bend your arms dont try and curl the bar at all keep them twigs locked out
Yes, read that, and then re-read that again. This is the primary cause of a biceps tear in the DL.
That’s certainly good to know.
Perhaps the primary cause of bicep tears in beginner of novice lifters.
I know of no experienced lifters that bend their arms when pulling. They simply handle too much weight to make this possible.
The primary reasons for biceps tears in seasoned lifters (full meet lifters with more than 10 meets under their belt) I have seen are as follows:
Improper technique, in particular while tire flipping.
Neglecting to train the biceps. The last two well known PL’s I have spoken to who tore a bicep both said to me in effect, “I basically dropped all bicep work and that was probably a mistake.”
Wear and tear. Overtime, deadlifting can be hard on the body. It can sometimes be a chicken or the egg thing. What came first? The pull where the tendon popped or the cummulative trauma that made it happen.
Mixing up the hand placement of your mixed grip and using an overhand grip for the majority of your accesory pulls is probably not a bad idea.
In fact, we use straps for our accesory pulls and only use mixed for the core exercise and none of us have grip problems.
I personally rotate my mixed grip every training cycle (6-7 weeks).
apwsearch, with your experience, I’m sure you would know better than most, so I’m not arguing with you.
I’m not trying to say the primary cause of a biceps tendon tear is from bending the arm in the DL.
I chose my wording carefully to say the primary cause of a biceps tendon tear when deadlifting was from bending the elbows.
The primary cause of a biceps tendon tear could very well be from all of the things you listed.
If you watch that video, on all of his heavy attempts, he does not take the slack out of the bar, he dips slightly, relaxes his elbows and yanks on the bar.
I would hazard to guess that the majority of biceps tears during the deadlift happen to inexperienced lifters with poor form.