Although high level competitive Olympic weightlifting probably has a much lower injury rate than you might have previously thought, injuries do happen. Unlike most “extreme” sports, the common injuries in Olympic weightlifting are usually chronic conditions that arise from overtraining. This might not sound like a good thing, but it definitely is!
When beginners first start to learn the Olympic lifts, they often lack the necessary amount of mobility and flexibility to safely and effectively perform the full lifts. Aside from the top 10% of athletes who are genetically gifted with loads of flexibility, most of us will have to work very hard to achieve a strong and stable catch position.