When I dead-lift, I sometimes scrape my legs from the bar threads. Do I risk getting an infection because of this?

  • At the risk of sounding snarky: you should figure out why you’re scraping your shins and then fix it!
    – G__
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 4:48

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Yes, you do. Additionally it will take more than 48 hours for those injuries to repair so it's entirely possible that you'll be pulling the bar across unhealed wounds. It doesn't take much to realize that your blood and body fluids are now on the bar that you put back, perhaps with a towel wipe which doesn't really do much, and now the next person is using it 10 minutes later.

You have a couple of options:

  • Wear long pants. Personally I can't stand this, but some people have no problem. Make sure they're stretchy or baggy enough to not pinch and change your form.
  • Wear socks that go up to your knees. This might look ridiculous, but there are some fun socks out there that work well. I have a set with my state's logo on them, get creative.
  • Use tape. You can bring a role of athletic tape with you, and put two strips down each shin. This is what I do because I can still wear shorts and I can just toss the tape when I'm done.

I've heard of people slicing the plastic from a 2 liter bottle and putting that in their knee-high socks as well who are particularly prone to this problem.

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    I never thought of this until I met a lifter who brought his own bar for the simple reason that he could control the cleanliness of it. He bled hard from his shins when lifting.
    – Alec
    Commented Mar 27, 2019 at 20:48
  • @Alec I'm okay with taking my chances with shared gear provided I wash my hands afterwards and don't touch my eyes / nose. But doing something that takes a filthy bar and rips my skin open is a whole different bag of potatoes. That guy bringing his own bar though has the advantage of using the grip knurling he wants, the amount of whip he wants, etc. Can't blame him, especially pulling that much weight.
    – Eric
    Commented Mar 27, 2019 at 20:51

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