News Corp Australia is launching a $10m study into the use of powerlifting equipment in Australia, in what it calls an effort to ensure the industry is regulated properly.
The research, titled Bodyweight: The Weight of Powerlifting, is set to be released later this year by the Australian Sports Industry Association (ASIA) and will look at the industry as a whole and what can be done to protect the health and safety of the thousands of powerlifters in Australia.
“Bodyweight is worthless,” said a statement from the company, which will be launching the research alongside other companies.
“We have heard from many people who are concerned about the use and abuse of powerlifts and are in the process of reviewing our industry and industry processes,” the statement read.
“If we are going to protect athletes and athletes’ families from the risk of injuries, we need to understand what we are doing and what we aren’t doing to ensure that powerlifers are safe.”
This is a crucial area for the industry to be taking on.
“The research will look specifically at the use, abuse and safety risks associated with bodyweight equipment and will focus on the use in professional bodyweight lifting competitions and competitions involving recreational lifters.
The ASIA statement said the bodyweight research will be conducted by two independent researchers, who will use existing bodyweight testing facilities and a combination of current research and new technology to conduct the research.”
The study will focus specifically on the health, safety and welfare of power lifters and their families,” the ASIA said.”
A detailed report will be produced by the researchers and will be submitted to the ACCC for approval.
“The report is set for release later this month.”
Our aim is to look at everything from how the industry uses its own equipment to how it handles the training of its members and the training and testing of competitors,” a spokesperson for the ASISA told the ABC.”
As well as assessing the use for sport and training, this will also help ensure that the equipment is properly tested and regulated.
“The study is expected to cost $100,000, and will include a team of six academics who will review the research, with an additional two academics involved in the research team.