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How can I prevent a back injury while lifting weights?

To prevent a back injury while weight lifting, you should always keep your back straight and your chest up. It is important to keep your stomach muscles tight throughout the whole lift. You should also lift from your knees and not from your hips.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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