Common Bodybuilding Injuries - Causes and Corrective Measures
You are on your way to the gym but have just 20 minutes to finish your workout before its 7 pm, the time you promised your girlfriend you'll be picking her up at the bus stop. So what, you think, I'll skip the 'useless' warming up part. And that is where you have gone horribly wrong. As you try and lift those mighty looking dumbbells, you feel pain in your shoulders. If it is still not clear as a glass, then you are in for a shock. You have just done yourself some serious damage to your shoulder muscle that will require atleast a few weeks of rest and maybe some minor surgery if it turns out to be serious.
Although injuries can occur anywhere and as a result of an accident with little or no fault of your own, it is carelessness that most often responsible for these. Given below are a few common mistakes while working out that result in injuries.
Faulty TechniqueMost bodybuilders perform exercises in an incorrect way, which can do serious damage to the muscles. Try and perform each exercise under the supervision of a trained coach. Even if there is no expert available, performing the exercise slowly, in a controlled manner and without any jerks can lessen the risk of injuries to a great extent.
Trying to lift more and more weightRemember, each person has his or her own capacity to lift weights and you should never try to increase weight just because your friend has done so. Simply putting on more weight than your muscles can manage will result in performing the exercises incorrectly. The jerking and bouncing can result in serious injuries to the muscles.
A standard way to know how much weight your muscles can easily live with is to try and pull atleast 6-8 reps comfortably. If you are unable to do so, it means the weight is too heavy.