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USC RB drops weights on throat; rushed into surgery

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  1. Baseballa

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    Johnson dropped weight bar on throat
    By Ted Miller
    ESPN.com
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    USC Trojans running back Stafon Johnson injured his throat in a weightlifting accident Monday and required emergency surgery.

    Johnson was bench pressing when the bar slipped from his hand and fell on his throat, according to a release from the school.

    "It hit him with a lot of force, and it hurt him," coach Pete Carroll said after the Trojans' brief practice Monday night. "No broken bones as far as I understand, but he's got some damage in there somewhere, and they're working it out, trying to figure out what it is. ... It is serious. He did get hurt, so we don't know exactly what it is, and they're not going to know until they go through the surgery."

    Immediately after the accident, Johnson was coughing up blood, a source close to the USC football program told ESPN's Shelley Smith.

    It's unclear how long Johnson will be out, but it's unlikely he will be ready to play on Saturday at California.

    Carroll said Johnson "was OK," but couldn't speak, when he left the weight room for California Hospital Medical Center. Johnson's family and friends gathered at the hospital on Monday to await word on his surgery, which was still going on at midnight ET.

    "That happens sometimes when you're doing bench presses, but this one just hit him wrong," Carroll said. "You can miss the rack or something. This was right at the end of his set, and he wasn't putting the bar down on the rack yet."

    An assistant strength and conditioning coach was standing over Johnson at the time of the accident.

    "I've seen players have the bar slip and fall onto their chest, but never in my 25 years of coaching have I heard of someone dropping a bar on their throat," said head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who was standing 10 feet away at the time of the accident. "We're fortunate he was being spotted."

    Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior from Compton, Calif., is the Trojans' second-leading rusher and goal-line specialist. He's rushed 32 times for 157 yards this year and leads the team with five touchdowns. He entered the season with 1,395 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

    Johnson's absence likely means more carries for 235-pound junior Allen Bradford or perhaps 225-pound sophomore Marc Tyler.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4512778

    Man, I hope he's okay. This is scary stuff.
     
  2. Dave_78

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    I'm surprised things like this don't happen more often.
     
  3. cdastros

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    I stopped doing straight bar bench press years ago. Mainly because i don't have a spotter. I prefer the dumbbells plus I had always heard that dumbbells give you a more complete workout. I don't know how many times I would go to the gym and see some dude doing the straight bar bench and bouncing the weight off his chest.
     
  4. tmoney1101

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    This happened to one of my teammates on my h.s. basket ball team, but it rolled off his face instead of smashing his throat, it almost knocked him out, though. That's why your spotter has to pay attention.
     
  5. baller4life315

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    My goodness. You have to figure a 210-pound athlete like that must have been benching at least 225 or so. Needless to say, that's a lot of fricken weight to just come tumbling down on top of one of the most weak areas of the body.
     
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    Heh heh heh and things just keep getting worse for Stafon Johnson
     
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    How is that funny?
     
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    Really classy there buddy
     
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    I dropped a 220 lb decline bench barbell on my neck a few years ago. I was lifting by myself around 11PM at night, and my arms gave out. The barbell was resting on my neck for about 10 seconds before other people saw me and they came running to move it off my neck. The gym was pretty empty at that time. I thought I was going to pass out, b/c I couldn't breathe. I was about 170 lbs at the time.

    It took me about 4 months to be able to muster the courage to do a decline bench press again.
     
  10. rezdawg

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    uhh...
     
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4512778

    The article is updated. Says he is unlikely to play again this season, but the prognosis is good and he is expected to make a full recovery. He was treated for crushing injuries to his neck as well as severe injuries to his larynx.
     
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    I have to say, the Clyde quote is a bit unwarranted in this kind of thread. But at the same time, I commend your perfect execution of emulating the exact type of awkward situation where Clyde originally said it.
     
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    This is my biggest fear whenever I bench press. A couple of months ago I couldn't get my last rep in (I never have a spotter) and I dropped the barbell on my chest. The weights on one side fell to the ground and created a loud crash. I lost my breath for a while b/c my lungs felt the brunt of the impact.

    Man that was truly scary. Hope the kid is alright.
     
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    I'm a 190 pound overweight, 20+ percent body fat, 37 year old and I work out I work out with 225. I would be guessing he was doing 315 plus. Warren Moon used to work out with 325-350 while doing 15 reps.
     
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    I see guys work out without spotters all the time and its not safe or effective. If you don't work out until exhaustion then you are not going to get much gain. If you are working out with the proper weight until you can't lift it anymore, you need to have someone there to make sure you don't kill yourself. I can't count the number of times I have had to pull the weight off of someones chest.

    When I do workout, I get a spotter for any weight I can't comfortably do 12 reps with. If there isn't a spotter, I use dumbbells, cables, or a machine.
     
  16. DaDakota

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    Why hasn't someone designed a weight system that gets almost to the chest but stops short?

    I mean how much more does that 2 inches matter in weight training?

    DD
     
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    He's a kid. There's a good chance he doesn't have a lot of experience with lifting weights. Also, for him to drop weight on himself could mean ihe was exhausted as in his workout was near it's end. Nobody can speculate on how much he was lifting.

    350lb for 15 reps? I call BS. That would probably give him a max bench of 450lb or so.

    Or you can do super sets, drop sets, pre-exhaustion, etc. etc.

    I'm not saying having a spotter isn't the best way to go but you can certainly build size, strength working out alone if you think a little.
     
  18. rockbox

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    It's called a smith machine.
     
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    *******.
     
  20. Dave_78

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    This really should not be that hard. If it was adjustable it could be lowered/raised to stop the bar right at the chest. Maybe someone has already done it. I think most people who are worried about injury use a smith machine or machines for their chest workout.

    Dumbbells are a good choice too although I have seen accidents happen with those as well.
     

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