Jason Nunn wrote:
In my experiance, deadlifts have been very hard for inseason athletes to recover from. I would suggest either dropping them all together
Jason,Deadlifts TAKE More Than They Give Back.
I agree with your assessment. The lower back is quickly and easliy over training. That the experience that I have had and what I have found in working with other powerlifers.
Dr Tom McLaughlin (biomechanics) also stated that.
and adding in some extra posterior chain work or doing them with high handle trap bar.
This is not a deadlift, it is a squat off the floor.
Jason Ferruggia actually wrote something recently about this as well.http://jasonferruggia.com/drop-the-deadlift/
I would have to say that my opinion is similar to his.
Parts of his article make sense while other parts do not. Agreement
Drop The Deadlift--That meaning allow the bar to pretty much fall back to the floor.
Eccentrics overload the lower back moreso than any other muscle group. Thus, eccentrics quicly overtraining the lower back which make is more susceptible to injury and means more recovery time is necessary for your lower back.
Heavy deadlifts require 7-21 days of recovey time. Disagreement
"A lot of deadlifting injuries occur from doing controlled touch and go reps."
Exactly, how did he determine this???
I am a proponent of not just "Touch and Go Deadlifts" but Deadlifts with a bounce. The bounce falls somewhat into the area of a plyometric. You learn to generate power off the floor, out of the hole.
Even better is to perform "Bounce Deadlifts" with bumper plates. This is a form of "Overspeed Traning." Other Agree To Bounce
Hatfield's Power: A Scientific Approach
(Page 39/Ballistic Training Techniques)
Charles Stale "The Bouncing Stiff-Legged Deadlift"http://www.criticalbench.com/bouncing_s ... adlift.htmDisagree
"When you begin lifting the bar you should never try to explode it up."
This is absurd. You NEED to explode (as much as you possibly can with a maximum load) off the floor.
My best pull is 617 lbs at 210 lbs. I blew the weight off the floor. Gravity caught up with me above the knees where I had to grind it out.
Mike Tronski (who I worked with) is a sumo deadlifter. Tronski has learned to blow the weight off the floor in his deadlifts.
Tronski at 240 lbs blew 705 lbs off the floor and then stalled just above his knees at the January 2011 California Fit Expo.
What is amazing is the power Tronski produced in coming off the floor. That because sumo deadlifters have a difficult time in breaking weight off the platform. Disagree
"High handle trap bar deads."
This is a squat off the floor. It's NOT a deadlift.
That means it is a completely different exercise that is more geared toward helping your squat, NOT your deadlift.
Have you thought about switching and doing total body workouts?
This makes sense. My recommendations would be on Olympic lifting movements for a variety of reasons.
1) Olympic movements work everything.
2) Olympic movements develop power for a power sport, rugby.
3) Olympic movements for the most part are "Ecentric-Less". Eccentric movements require more recovery time.
"Eccentric-Less" (Concentric Only) are less demanding, allowing for faster recovery.
I will typically do this with my athletes and lower the volume inseason.
Exactly. Less volume with and emphasis on power.