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How can a belt help me when I'm lifting weights?

Weight belts can help prevent abdominal and lower back injuries when lifting. The belt gives the abdominal muscles something to push against when lifting, which decreased the chances of a hernia occurring. If you have a previous back injury, weight belts can provide some slight prevention of reinjury.

However, the key to preventing weight lifting injuries is proper lifting techniques, and weight belts should not be used as a safety cushion or a substitute for good lifting techniques.

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

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