Video of Bassa's biceps failure


Tuesday, 3 August

Eric Hörst has published a video of Bassa Maẃem's catastrophic muscle/tendon failure in his left biceps, on his Insta, Training for Climbing. Eric says that "this bicep tear is likely the result of excessive speed/power training making the tendon too stiff (i.e. stiffer than the bicep is strong)."

Alexey Rubtsov had a similar injury for two years and shares some of his knowledge. "I tore my biceps in competition and next week I wait for surgery. It is not possible to do anything. In a good scenario, it is 2-4 months of rehabilitation and a year before the start of serious training. I returned to strength training in June of this year, i.e. two years after the injury. I will never repeat most of the strength training.

I tore my biceps because I was training wrong. I started to prepare for the Olympics, ran speed, climbed difficulty and did not reduce the amount of bouldering. I was always overtrained, did not do rehabilitation exercises for the shoulders, only trained strength. And at one point my strength crippled me."

Bassa has confirmed that he has suffered a complete rupture of his lower biceps tendon meaning he will not compete in the final.

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