I sprained my lower back by dropping the bar squatting last October, and ever since I've recovered from the sprain I've been slowly trying to build up my lower back strength.
I'm not progressing as fast as I should because I don't trust my body with the weight.
If I am doing stiff legged deadlifts, do I have to place the bar back on the ground after every lift? I stop right before I hit the ground and go straight back up as I can feel my lower back muscles being worked that way. If the fatigue is getting to me on my last few sets I will bend my knees a little so the weight shifts to my hamstrings and some of the load is taken off my lower back, thus my spine angle is still straight.
Is this acceptable as a deadlift or have I turned it into something else due to my variation?