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Old 03-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
Steve Raboin
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Default Passed Out at Top of Clean?

7:20 mark

I competed Sunday. PR'd my snatch then went on to bomb my C&J. I caught my clean deep in my throat, stood up, went to jerk and passed out.

I find this very odd since this was at my opening weight of 115 - a lift I can make any day of the week.

The clean looks pretty good to me but the bar was settling into my trachea and I wasn't able to take a breath before jerking.

Has this happened to anyone? Any thoughts?

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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Not too unusual. It's not pressure on the trachea, it's pressure on the carotid arteries and/or vasovagal stimulation from holding your breath and exerting. Keep your shoulders up a bit in the clean/jerk rack position to help keep blood flowing to your dome, and release some air as you stand in the clean - just enough to avoid the vagal stim but keep your trunk pressurized.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Greg! I've been lifting solo in my garage for the past two years, never happened before, pretty scary.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:33 PM   #4
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Greg explained it way better than I could!! Just for comparison, I had this happen during training with a 60kg clean, when my max was closer to 95-100kg. So, it can, and does, happen with just about any weight.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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Gary Valentine, a local coach, took a look at the video and noticed that I'm shooting my hands out too wide when readjusting for the jerk. This is preventing me from keeping my shoulders up and the bar up off my neck.
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