Reviewing current knowledge in snatch performance and technique: the need for future directions in applied research

Kuok Wai Lester Ho, Christian Lorenzen, Cameron J Wilson, John E Saunders, Morgan D Williams

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This is a review of current research trends in weightlifting literature relating to the understanding of technique and its role in successful snatch performance. Reference to the world records in the snatch from the 1960s onwards indicates little progress across all weight categories. With such mediocre advances in performance at the International level, there is a need to better understand how snatch technique can improve performance even if only by a small margin. Methods of data acquisition for technical analysis of the snatch have involved mostly 2-dimensional barbell and joint kinematics. Although key variables which play a role in the successful outcome of a snatch lift have been heavily investigated, few studies have combined variables relating both the barbell and the weightlifter in their analyses. This suggests the need for a more detailed approach integrating both barbell-related and weightlifter-related data to enhance understanding of the mechanics of a successful lift. Currently, with the aid of technical advances in motion analysis, data acquisition, and methods of analysis, a more accurate representation of the movement can be provided. Better ways of understanding the key characteristics of technique in the snatch could provide the opportunity for more effective individualized feedback from the coach to the athlete, which should in turn lead to improved performance in competition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-586
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Athletic Performance
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Joints
  • Video Recording
  • Weight Lifting


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