When you push your body to the absolute limits as we do in strength sports, injuries are bound to happen. However, how you react to them will dictate how long you will last in the iron game, and continue to get stronger despite these setbacks. Aside from poor technique, the most common way a muscle is injured is because it is weak. There’s much variability when it comes to form on a lot of the big lifts, and for good reason. When you are a beginner, you should use absolute perfect form, and that means keeping your spine in a neutral position on deadlifts, for starters. The more advanced/stronger you are, the more leeway you have on technique. This is where we see big deadlifters rounding their back yet pulling over 700lbs with no injuries.
I’ll use my favorite example with Orlando Green:
Now this is not how I would ever teach a beginner how to deadlift, but obviously, Orlando’s back is extremely strong. I know many lifters in Strongman that pull this way, using very little legs, mostly use their back and move huge amounts of weight with zero lower back issues. Your lumbar spine is not as delicate as most people think, as long as the supporting muscles are strong enough to protect it. Many times when people have bulging discs, the doctor recommends a lot of abdominal work to protect the lower back. The reason the lumbar region is injured is because the abdominals are weak to begin with as they are not able to support the load you are moving.
Another one of my favorite