The Director of Public Relations for the CPU, Mike Armstrong, comments in the CPU forum
about an incident at this weekends CPU Nationals. Armstrong's conclusion is a bench mishap is a result of the shirts that are being made today and that it's time to challenge there usage.
There was lots of great lifting including national and World records, a few significant bombs, like Hector Aguilar, Jamie Emberly and Shawn O'Halloran but to me the most significant event was a near tragedy.
Sean Brown, a veteran lifter from Ontario, came out for his second try at 245.5 kg in the bench, for a record, got it part way up, the lift got away from him and came crashing down, right on his teeth. It happened so fast the spotters had no chance to catch it. When they pulled the bar off him, Shawn started bleeding profusely from the mouth and was helped off the platform. Paramedics were called and Shawn was taken to a local hospital within a few minutes.
We heard back later that Shawn has lost some teeth, and needed stiches, but thankfully there was no damage to his jaw.
I think the time has come to challenge the use of the supportive shirts. Yes, we all like to lift more, but the weights are getting so big that any slight deviation from the ideal path and the lifters lose control of the bar. I fear that accidents like this are going to start happening more and more. Is it worth it?