Scot Mendelson (commonly mistaken for Scott Mendelson) is currently recovering from a bench press pec tear injury that occurred on the 24th of March 2013. The incident happened whilst he was attending the 2013 SPF (Southern Powerlifting Federation) March Madness Powerlifting meet hosted at the SuperTraining Gym in Sacramento California. (SuperTraining Gym is a well known strength gym that often streams lifting meets over the internet.)
After warming up on the bench and blasting out some impressive singles he decided to take an attempt at 716lb (approximately 325kg) which would increase his own world by a single pound. However during his attempt mid way pressing the 716 pound barbell from his chest, he quite visibly manages to tear one of his pectoral muscles. The video below displays quite graphically the moment his pec tears.
I suggest skipping to 2:46 if you’re keen to see the point at which his pec lets go.
Further information about Pectoralis Tears
The pectoralis muscle is made up of 2 parts, the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. The large pectoralis major is attached to the humerus (arm bone) by a tendon which under extreme conditions can cause a partial or complete tear which requires reattachment. A “pectoralis major rupture” or pec tear for short, causes tremendous pain, swelling and bruising and will often severely reduce your mobility and strength. There are 4 types of rupture and depending on the severity and type of pec tear, they can take several weeks, several months or may never repair (although this is extremely rare). Its advised that you quickly attend hospital as scar tissue can build up and depending on the severity of the rupture X-rays are often used to determine the extent of the tear
About Scot Mendelson (AKA Scott Mendelson)
Scot Mendelson, is a well know American powerlifter, who specializes in the bench press. He stands at 6ft 1 in tall (185cm) and tends to move between 270-360lb (122-163kg) depending on the competition class he enters.) He holds multiple equipped and raw records in a range of powerlifting federations such as the the APF – American Powerlifting Federation. Scot already held the world record bench press in the class at 715lb but regrettable decided to take a run at beating his all time bench record at the meet. He is also very active on-line and often posts on bodybuilding.com Misc forums.
Since the incident occurred, Scot has released a photo of his pec injury that severely bruised his entire upper body.