No football coach worth his salt ever asks his players to take unreasonable risks on the field, so why do some strength coaches knowingly do so in the weight room? A “strength coach” is still a football coach, which means certain responsibilities are and should be implicit with the job.
When done properly, strength training has little risk, (and a tremendous reward, for that matter), which makes the following news reports all the more tragic:
The first article was from 2007, the second from 2012, both involving the very same exercise and both entirely preventable. The goal that was trying to be obtained in both situations could have been done utilizing any number of exercises with zero risk.