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Old 04-02-2006, 05:20 PM   #21
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:10 PM   #22
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I only wonder whether there is any risk of overloading a 16 year old's bone structure.

Yeah and they call it "football."

Seriously, Garhammer did some studies and found that the ground forces involved in Olympic weightlifting are similar to or somewhat less than a simple vertical jump. Not real impressive in the scheme of things.

Certainly a young kid can injure bones doing the Olympic lifts, but could it be any worse than taking an 80mph fastball to the elbow in baseball? I've seen a leg snapped like a twig in soccer, I've known numerous people to have their knees wrecked in skiing crashes, I saw what happened when my cousin skated over a goalie's wrist, yada yada yada.

I'd feel safer with a kid with a 140kg barbell over his head than a 140kg lineman in front of him.
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:57 AM   #23
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Oly lifts are certainly safer than contact sports. While gross loads may be higher. Critical point and off axis loads are dramatically less. The predictability in the lifting allows for proper positioning and so forth (Though his little duck walk save could be nasty on the knees).

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