I am not a powerlifter, but from what I've read about powerlifting, Louie Simmons confuses me, and it seems that Westside training has resulted in a hefty amount of injuries for those who've used it. I don't know if it's the training that does it, or it just happens to be that those who've used it have been downright fanatical and have trained unsafely, Dave Tate being one of them.
I remember Dave Tate repeatedly saying and writing that he had injuries because of linear periodization, and that when he met Louie Simmons at a meet, Louie said that if Dave were to continue using linear periodization, he would wind up not even being able to be competitive in powerlifting. So Tate switched to conjugated, Westside-style periodization and wound up with even more injuries. I like Dave Tate a lot, but his injury list and unsafe practices amaze me! (I'm not being sarcastic.)
From what I've read, people who took a more gradual, linear approach to training had a lot less injuries. Sure, Ed Coan, Kirk Karwoski, and Glen Chabot, the powerlifters that really caught my interest, though not being a powerlifter myself, had injuries, but if I have it right, they were not riddled with god knows how many.