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Essays covering a range of topics from weightlifting biomechanics; injury susceptibility in sport; weightlifting training; weightlifting sports science.

A Too – Tall – For – Weightlifting -Female – Weightlifter

It has been established the relative results of female lifters drop significantly after 64 kg. More often than not, the extra mass does not facilitate the athlete’s (males as well as females) ability to qualitatively improve results. This is especially true of the female lifter’s results; due to an already disproportionate to men, fat mass; which can be exacerbated by  weight gain with disproportionately more fat mass added to fit into a heavier category.

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The Secret to the Weightlifter’s Strength: Speed of Muscle Relaxation

The idea that an athlete’s progress in dynamic sport can be gauged at least in part by the ability to relax muscles faster than he/she can contract muscles is a unique perspective. This is especially true of weightlifting; where, all too often, criteria defining progress; in addition to the actual results in the classic exercises; are results in squats, power snatch and power clean, push jerk, deadlift and the like.

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Bio – Density of tall- for -weightlifting -weightlifters: additional notes

As he did with Zdrazila, Roman (1968) found numerous faults with world champion and world record holder N. Ozimek’s technique. Both Zdrazila and Ozimek shifted knees under bar with heels raised and arms bent in the pull; which then straightened as the explosion phase was completed. Both are considered serious errors. Ozimek even jumped 11 cm backwards to squat under the barbell.

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Cardio – Vascular Consequences of Straining at Weightlifting

One would expect there to be many episodes of breath – holding – straining conditions over a person’s life time; and, such episodes, by the many thousands for athletes; especially in the power sports of weightlifting, track and field and so forth. A period of arrhythmia for 15 – 20 seconds into the recovery after straining is a natural manifestation; not a pathology:

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