Sudden stops, cuts, and jumps are common causes of knee injuries among athletes.  While weightlifters perform few of these movements while working out, it doesn’t mean they aren’t at risk.

Knee injuries in weightlifters usually occur when too much weight is lifted or weight is lifted with improper technique. In the unfortunate event that you sustain an injury, the Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are here to help.  Contact any of our 4 offices to schedule an appointment so that we can get you back on the field!

Common Injury #1: A Pulled Hamstring

There are three hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh and these muscles originate at the pelvis and insert on the lower leg. Although the hamstring muscles are very strong,  pulled hamstring is a common injury. A pulled hamstring is classified by the overstretching or tearing of hamstring muscle fibers.

Muscle overload is the most common cause of hamstring pulls and muscle imbalances between the quadriceps and hamstrings increase injury risk. Weightlifters should always train both muscle groups equally and stretches should always be part of your workout routine.

Pain, swelling, bruising and weakness are the most common symptoms. Mild hamstring tears heal quickly, usually within a week or two. Moderate and severe tears may take much longer to heal.

It is important to see an Orthopedic or Sports Medicine Specialist at the first sign of injury so that the severity can be properly diagnosed and a treatment plan can begin immediately.

Common Injury #2: Ligament and Tendon Injuries from Squats and Lunges

Squats and lunges are difficult exercises that require a lot of energy but can be great for strengthening the quads, hamstrings and calves. Large muscles groups are activated and pushed to the limit during these exercises and the risk of knee injuries can be multiplied if proper form is not used.

When performing weighted lunges, many people will overextend their knee over their toes and lift their heels off the ground. This overextension produces tremendous amounts of force on the ACL and MCL, which can lead to strain or damage to the ligaments.

With regard to squatting, many people are guilty of doing too many reps or adding too much weight in the hopes that they will see results more quickly.  However, squats require the use of multiple muscles and ligaments within the leg that can become injured if squats are performed too often, with too much weight or improper form.

One of the most common injuries is to the patellar tendon of the knee due to the forces placed on the tendon when in the squatting position as well as the raise from the squatted position.  The repetitive strain caused by these forces can result in a painful condition known as patellar tendonitis which often presents as pain in the front of the knee.

Similar to lunges, it is important to make sure the knees are not extended past the toes when squatting.  Also, if you find yourself having to struggle to perform a squat correctly, it is best to reduce the weight and focus on proper mechanics.

Making an Appointment at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Although few athletes ever want to take time away from the gym, delaying a diagnosis can make your injury and symptoms worse.

At Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists are Fellowship Trained and Board Certified and use the latest treatment modalities customized to each patient’s goals and lifestyles. Please contact one of our offices in Hackensack, Elmwood Park, Emerson or Montclair to make an appointment.