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Olympic Lifting With Injury?


#1

I have a slight tear in my right knee's meniscus medialis.

My question is, doc said I can do anything I want to except jumping and running. Is it then not safe for me to do olympic lifting? Do the olympic lifts equal jumping, at least as the knee is concerned?

I deadlift and practice my taekwondo with my injury until I get surgery, but can I O-lift?


#2

I imagine it would be okay. If you can to TKD with no problems, I can't see why Oly lifting should be unacceptable.

Was it the impact that he wanted you to avoid (as in, a foot in air hitting the ground forcefully), or the ballistic nature (as in, an explosive, immediate expression of force.)?


#3

Your menisci act as shock absorbers, so until you have the surgery I would do any heavy squat cleans/snatches or jerks. Maybe you could do some light/moderate power cleans/snatches and continue overhead squats until everything is straight.


#4

I wouldn't do them. I am no Dr., but always better safe than sorry

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