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* 1. Age (years)

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* 2. Sex

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* 3. Primary country in which you trained prior to age 21?

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* 4. Primary country in which you trained after the age of 21? (If under 21, write N/A)

Directions: Use the following definition to answer the survey questions:

Sport Specialization is "year-round (8+ months per year) intensive training in a single sport with the exclusion of other sports"

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* 5. Did you specialize in weightlifting during the Youth age group (16 years old or younger)?

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* 6. If you specialized during the Youth age group (16 years or younger), at what age did you specialize? (Write "N/A" if you did not specialize during Youth level).

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* 7. If you specialized during the Youth age group (16 years or younger, who MOST influenced you to specialize (choose ONE)

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* 8. Did you specialize in weightlifting during Junior age group (17-20 years old)?

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* 9. If you specialized during Junior age group (17-20 years), at what age did you specialize? (If you did not specialize during Junior level, write "N/A").

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* 10. If you specialized during Junior age group (17-20 years), who MOST influenced you to specialize? (choose ONE)

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* 11. PRIOR TO AGE 21: How many weightlifting-related surgeries and/or injuries have you sustained that required you to sit out for an entire year of weightlifting?

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* 12. Please describe the injury and/or surgery

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* 13. AFTER AGE 21: How many weightlifting-related surgeries and/or injuries have you sustained that required you to sit out for an entire year of weightlifting?

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* 14. Please describe the injury and/or surgery

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* 15. Do you believe sport specialization during the Youth age group (age 16 or younger) is required to reach the elite level status (i.e. such as participating at the World Team level)? (choose ONE)

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* 16. Do you believe sport specialization during Junior age group (ages 17 – 20) is required to reach the elite level status (i.e. such as participating at the World Team level)?

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* 17. As an elite IWF athlete (any age group): How many national championships have you participated in?

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* 18. If you have competed in a national championship, how many times have you medaled?

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* 19. As an elite IWF athlete (any age group): How many international/Worlds Championships have you participated in?

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* 20. If you have competed in an international/Worlds championship, how many times have you medaled?

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* 21. Have you competed in the Summer Olympic Games? (check one)

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* 22. Which years did you compete in the Summer Olympics? (choose all that apply)

This survey is part of an independent, non-industry funded research study. It was reviewed and granted exemption status by the Institutional Review Board at WellSpan York Hospital. It is not associated with either USA Weightlifting or International Weightlifting Federation research.  This survey is completely anonymous. There is no financial remuneration for participating in this research. Mark Lavallee

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