It’s unfortunate, but Powerlifting is a sport with huge risks (but no real payoff). Because professional powerlifters are always pushing their bodies past what normal humans are supposed to be capable of, injuries do happen. Injuries that occur during feats of strength where the human body is pushed to extremes tend to be extreme, unfortunately.
Brandon Lilly Injured At LA Fit Expo
Just such an injury occurred this weekend at the LA Fit Expo. As Brandon was descending on his third attempt, his left knee appeared to give, and a loud noise was heard by audience members. Brandon’s injuries (thankfully localized to his knees), were as extensive as one would imagine, and represent essentially a complete failure of both knees. Both MCLs, patellar tendons, quad tendons and meniscus. In the left leg (the leg which initially caused the injury), the ACL and patella needed to be repaired or replaced. I think the initial injury was caused by the patella being fractured.
Is Recovery Possible?
You know what the professionals would say-there’s no coming back from this. We’ve seen countless examples of these types of injuries ending someone’s career. We’ve also seen almost as many examples of people returning from catastrophic injuries, only to compete or train again (such as this young man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Bj-gyl-e4y0 )
Get well, Brandon!