On the injury side, I think it’s easier to injure yourself moving heavy loads at a slow pace as such is the case with the deadlift and squat. I’ve seen too many people take the full effect of isometric/eccentric unloading while dropping a squat or deadlift from a static position from doing this lifts too heavily. In the squat it’s hard to get out of the way, but in the deadlift, they could reduce the exaggerated isometric/eccentric load on the muscles by starting to lower weight before dropping it. In the OL’s if you aren’t going fast enough (the bar doesn’t have enough momentum) it’s almost impossible to complete the lift and the athlete ends up dropping the weight naturally. That’s just my opinion from observation although I do love the deadlift.
Totally agreed on this one. I push around heavy loads this way too but am much more cautious than I am with similar %s in the OLs. For example, for my highly experienced athletes I’ll use supra-maximal loads for partial or or eccentric only lifts and having done them myself and gotten feedback from athletes I know that these are far more likely to cause an injury than OLs. Same thing with deadlifts. I cringe when I see some of the pictures from some of the Hall of Fame pics from BFS or Barry Ross’s site in the deadlift. I’m expecting to see a thoracic vertebrae explode out of their body.