I read that Olympic lifts are “…. (at very best) DEGENERATIVE for everyone” …. In an article by Dr (I think) Fred Hatfield. How true is this statement? Will doing things like power cleans and Olympic or other modified Olympic lifts affect my joint longevity in the future?
I have already had an athroscope on my knee (lateral cartilage tear). The doctor said I was likely to suffer from degenerative arthritis later in life and I do not want to perpetuate this situation.
I did not ask my doctor because he said I could be playing football in 2 months and I assumed that that meant I could do the training that goes with it.
Is weight training also degenerative in the long run. I thought that it was the opposite. I always thought it helped strengthen bones. If that is true why are Olympic lifts so much different to plyometrics or heavy squats?