[quote]Terry Gibbs wrote:
Firstly I have read Track & Field News over the years, and they have a monthly section which just updates injuries. You would be hard pressed to find an elete athlete who has not gone under the knife for their sport.
So if you want to be the very, very best in the world, or at least the very best you can be, then maybe using up your body is part of the game.
That said and coming from my experience. Trained under world class lifter form 50’s,one year and three years under two very good national coaches. Coaches who could take walk ins and put them into the A section at the worlds. (not everyone who came in, but did it with some very ordinary looking kids).
Think we all spent too much time not decelerating our squats, we became addicted to bouncing out of bottom. We had great concentric poor eccentric.
and for shoulders, simply more pressing. My first coach pressed 190 Military back in late 50s at 123bwt (lbs).
At 50 he militaried 140 at 140bwt bare feet, grass back yard, rusted junk bar.
very, very healthy shoulders, these days pressing is not what it was in training, and for a reason, but maybe more would help long term shoulder health
lastly let go of lifts that take too much out to save. The ones where you are adjusting and fighting underneath. but of course if you want 100%, then that is a price you may have to pay.[/quote]
My coach has always coached lifters to not bounce and go down fast in the squats. The legs take a huge amount of beating in the OLifts so you don’t need to pound them more in the squats.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to me. I’m 30 at the end of the year with 14yrs comp experience as an OLifter. I’ll probably just train less and take more recover inbetween training sessions.