Injuries are a reality in any sport, but for some reason they receive more attention in the weight room. Given that sports such as basketball, hockey and soccer have far higher injury rates, it really makes no sense to overemphasize the so-called dangers of weight training.
“There’s nothing done in a weight room anywhere that approximates the injuries in basketball. It just doesn’t happen,” Coach Glassman explains.
Nevertheless, injuries do happen—in the gym, outside the gym and on the playing field. They’re unavoidable but don’t outweigh the benefits of activity.
In the weight room, the focus on lifting injuries usually has critics calling for perfect technique, which is desirable but not always essential. Perfect technique is to be strived for to be sure, but would you insist that a young athlete have perfect shooting or running technique before stepping on a basketball court, where he is more likely to be injured?
Additional reading: Virtuosity by Greg Glassman, published Aug. 1, 2005.