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    Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Any deadlifters out there, how do you avoid scraping the shit out of your legs on lifts?

    Even using the bar at my gym with the most worn-down knurling, my shins (regular DL) or inner leg (sumo) get scraped up when I deadlift. It's been happening more the past couple months as my PRs have been climbing. It's not the discomfort so much as that I've broken the skin slightly a couple times, and it's a bit of a showstopper for DLs that day.

    Is this a function of not pulling through my hams and straightening legs early enough in the lift? Or if it's just part of the lift to learn to live with, anyone have a strategy for working around this?

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Under armor and I'm sure other places make real tall socks that are that nylon type material. Helps the bar slide rather than tear your skin off.

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    Deadlift Shin Scraping



    Those are the socks I wear when I Deadlift. You can buy knee socks at any sporting goods store in the soccer section...

    But even with socks, baby powder or whatever else you've got you WILL scrape your shins up. Mine are all scarred. I love it
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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    The blood runnin down my shins motivates me. Lol but seriously.
    Stay consistent!

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    Soccer socks. When I oly lifted a lot I'd go home with bloody hands, shins and the front and back of my neck from cleans and behind the neck push presses. It's all part of the game.

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    A nice thick pair of cotton sweat pants works great for me.

    I use Russell Athletic sweats when I DL. Open on the cuffs so it is easy to get them on and off without taking your shoes off and they don't have pockets - I hate pockets in sweats.

    They are cheap too - $12.99 a pair at Academy Sports.

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Originally Posted by PillarofBalance View Post


    Those are the socks I wear when I Deadlift. You can buy knee socks at any sporting goods store in the soccer section...

    But even with socks, baby powder or whatever else you've got you WILL scrape your shins up. Mine are all scarred. I love it
    Dude u need some sun on those legs. Lol

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    Originally Posted by BigHerm View Post
    Dude u need some sun on those legs. Lol
    My doctor agrees... My boss thought I was a vampire at one point.

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    seconded on anti-pockets. I feel like they always catch... what's the point of compression shorts to secure the junk when the bar's just going to catch on pocket fabric or thumbs on pocket openings?

    thanks for all the advice folks. going to try out both options (socks and sweats) over the next two workouts and see what works best.

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Originally Posted by dj920 View Post
    Any deadlifters out there, how do you avoid scraping the shit out of your legs on lifts?

    Even using the bar at my gym with the most worn-down knurling, my shins (regular DL) or inner leg (sumo) get scraped up when I deadlift. It's been happening more the past couple months as my PRs have been climbing. It's not the discomfort so much as that I've broken the skin slightly a couple times, and it's a bit of a showstopper for DLs that day.

    Is this a function of not pulling through my hams and straightening legs early enough in the lift? Or if it's just part of the lift to learn to live with, anyone have a strategy for working around this?
    It means you technique is most likely spot on and not to change it.
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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    I just pull straight up, not back and drag, never get scrapped on the way up and very small percentage going down.....
    Perseverance is stronger than anything else! Never give up, you always win!

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    Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Originally Posted by gfunky View Post
    I just pull straight up, not back and drag, never get scrapped on the way up and very small percentage going down.....
    That may limit you at some point. You have an interesting way to pull. Very high hips and shoulders over the bar. Your low back is doing the lifting.
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    Deadlift Shin Scraping

    I ride dirt bikes so I just use my riding socks. They're thick and just about come to my knee. This guy at my gym is a beast and uses shin guards for soccer. Everyone teases him behind his back but I've always wondered how well that really works.

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    I wear the tall white socks, a plaid skirt, and put my hair in pig tails.

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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    Originally Posted by gfunky View Post
    I just pull straight up, not back and drag, never get scrapped on the way up and very small percentage going down.....
    Going to end up hurt that way.
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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    I just bought some socks from hot topic. Knee highs, its was either the black pair i bought or the really truly freak ones. I've got the metal ones POB has waiting for me in NY along with other goodies I bought from elitefts a few months back.
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    I just bought some socks from hot topic. Knee highs
    Dude that's gay. Like before 10pm gay.

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    Lmao, only other socks i have around here are the half length ones. Was it that hot topic was gay or the knee highs. Cause they are just as long as the metal pulling ones.
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    Re: Deadlift Shin Scraping

    This thread has me re evaluating my deads. I dont scrape my shins, but have myself set so the bar sits about 1/2inch away the whole way up except right at the top. Should i be moving the bar closer towards my body? I definatly feel it in quads, hams, glutes, lowerback upper back and traps when heavy.

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