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Narrative review of injuries in powerlifting with special reference to their association to the squat, bench press and deadlift
  1. Victor Bengtsson1,
  2. Lars Berglund1,2,
  3. Ulrika Aasa1,2,3
  1. 1 Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  2. 2 Umeå School of Sport Sciences, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  3. 3 Medfit, Primary Care Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lars Berglund; lars.berglund{at}


Pain and injuries are considered a common problem among elite athletes and recreational lifters performing the squat, bench press and deadlift. Since all three lifts engage multiple joints and expose the lifters’ bodies to high physical demands often several times a week, it has been suggested that their injuries might be related to the excessively heavy loads, the large range of motion during the exercises, insufficient resting times between training sessions and/or faulty lifting technique. However, no previous article has summarised what is known about specific injuries and the injury aetiology associated with the three lifts. Thus, the aim of this narrative review was to summarise what is known about the relationships between the powerlifting exercises and the specific injuries or movement impairments that are common among lifters and recreationally active individuals.

  • powerlifting/athletes
  • overuse syndromes
  • sex differences
  • review

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  • Contributors UA and LB contributed to the conception of the study. All authors contributed to the design. VB contributed with data acquisition and analysis as well as being engaged as first author and drafting the work. All authors contributed to finishing the manuscript from the first draft. All authors agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.