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What are safety tips for weight lifting?

Here are some safety tips for weight lifting:
  • Inspect the weight to make sure it is secure on both sides before beginning your lift.
  • Make sure that during your lift no one is around you who could be injured.
  • Have a spotter whenever you are performing a bench press, squat, or other lift, even if the weight is relatively light, to make sure that you do not injure yourself.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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