Weightlifting increases your capacity to perform physical work, improves bone density and promotes lean body mass. It also increases the strength of your muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Before commencing weight training, it is, however, important to know about the dangers of lifting weights.
Common dangers of lifting weights
The most common dangers of lifting weights are muscle injuries, which may include:
- Muscle strains and pulls
- Muscle tears
Your back (especially the lumbar region), arms and wrists are most likely to be affected by these risks.
Lifting excessive weight puts significant stress onto your back. If this stress gets too much for your back muscles to bear, herniated disks, pinched nerves and other potentially serious spinal injuries could occur.
Attempting to lift very heavy weights could also result in the excessive pressure on your abdominal cavity causing tears or ruptures within. Depending on the injury’s severity, you may require surgery.
Lifting weights that are too heavy can lead to muscle fatigue. This could cause you to drop weights or lose your balance. Resulting injuries may affect your shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers, as well as your ankles, knees and hips.
Significantly increasing your blood pressure, lifting excessively heavy weights could cause enlargement and/or tearing of your aorta. It may also cause an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm to rupture.
Gym owners’ duty of care
Gym owners have a duty of care that legally requires them to ensure that you are properly trained and supervised in the use of weights and other gym equipment. If you sustain a weight lifting injury through no fault of your own (if you were not stopped from lifting excessively heavy weights for your current level of experience/form, for example), they could be held liable for your injury at the gym.
Lifting at work
Lifting heavy weights at work could also cause these injuries. Your employer has a legal responsibility (duty of care) to prevent lifting accidents at work by ensuring you are:
- Properly trained in correct manual handling procedures
- Provided with suitable lifting equipment as and when necessary
If you sustained an injury in a manual handling accident because your employer was in breach of his duty to protect you, you may be eligible for work injury compensation.
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Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice