FPF Show Episode 13: Why Elbows Dislocate in the Snatch and What To Do About It

By dpope2020

December 24, 2021

In today's episode we chat about a hot topic, "Why Do Elbows Dislocate During the Snatch?" and some potential ways to help reduce your risk.  We go over:

  • Just how common are these elbow injuries in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting?
  • How do these elbow injuries occur?
  • How technique may influence injury
  • Reasons for technical faults in the snatch
  • How to go about improving technique
  • Practical ways to help reduce the risk of injury

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Show Notes / Relevant Articles:

  1. Easy Ways to Prevent and Treat Elbow Issues
  2. FPF Mini Course - 7 Reasons Why Injuries Happen in the Gym and What to do About it


  1. Aasa U, Svartholm I, Andersson F, Berglund L. Injuries among weightlifters and powerlifters: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;51(4):211-219. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096037. Epub 2016 Oct 4. PMID: 27707741.

  2. Waymack JR, An J. Posterior Elbow Dislocation. [Updated 2021 Jul 21]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470574/

  3. Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Elbow1.jpg Attribution: James Heilman, MD, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons 

  4. Dislocation Videos: 

    1. https://youtu.be/h_zTi-jc0tI

    2. https://youtu.be/GI7OQLR-So4

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