Can Deadlift Straps be used in Powerlifting Competitions?
No, lifting straps are not permitted in most major powerlifting federations. The IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) is the biggest drug tested powerlifting federation. Lifters in the IPF cannot use straps in competition. Athlete’s can use chalk to help maintain grip with the bar. On the other hand, in Strongman competitions straps are allowed for deadlifts.
Sometimes people confuse Strongman with Powerlifting but they are two completely different sports.
Do Powerlifters train using straps?
Sometimes powerlifters will train using straps. I generally prefer specificity, so I don’t train using straps.