UT-Arlington Men's Basketball testing on Deadlifts. 2 Players setting team record pulling over 500 pounds
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My man Bishop doin work out there! Keep grinding bro. Your guys are going to be TOUGH!
Great to see them getting after it! I do agree about dead lift being easier on the taller guys, and the high hips actually let them get their glutes and hamstrings better engaged. Keep it up!
I really like to use deadlifts followed by some type of jumping movement with my basketball players. I use a hex or trap bar (whatever you want to call it) because i've found it eaiser to get the tall guys in proper position. I've actually never tested this due to fear of someone getting hurt.
There is always some type of risk in lifting...I think it's important to choose not only the safest but also most effective way to get the athletes stronger. The most important thing is that the kids believe in what you're doing.
I'm sure those guys loved the competition...most athletes do.
You make a fantastic point. Everything done in the weight puts an athlete at risk in someway. For us as coaches it's a matter of balancing the risk to reward. There are plenty of coaches who don't back squat or who cut out Oly lifts and still have plenty of success. One of the topics of disucssion we've had in the past is about testing day. Do we let the athlete go to failure or technical failure? It's an answer that varies from coach to coach and even lift to lift. If an athlete lifts their hips off the bench or feet off the floor during a bench, probably not a huge deal. And while I Love the use of the deadlift, this is only my personal opinion, in this case I may have cut the athletes off a bit sooner.
Great Question. I obviously don't want to see bad technique, and throughout the course of training I work to correct deviations in movement patterns, but this video was of our testing day, so there was bound to be something that didn't look pretty. I will always do my best to coach technique throughout our training cycles, but on test day I will let the leash out a little bit and let the guys compete. In terms of risk of injury with deadlifts, there is always a risk of injury when moving weights at above 100%. but the best safeguard against that is putting together a progression that puts them in the best position to handle those loads.
Forgive me for being overly critical, but with knees that valgus and backs rounded that hard (belt or not)...is the risk for injury really worth picking up 500?
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