If you don’t regularly practice Corrective Exercise and Recovery Strategies, that is. Since I started strength training in 2007, I have torn 2 muscles (left pec, left hamstring) and have had minor strains and injuries in just about every joint or major muscle you can think of. In the beginning, it was because of my ignorance. But eventually, it just became a matter of time. Exercising is extremely good for you in so many ways, but it is also a risk.
I used to think that maybe it was just me. Maybe my genetics allow me to gain size and strength easier than others, and because of that, I accumulate injuries easier too. I’ve been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2009, and although I didn’t (and don’t) know it all, I certainly had a much better understanding than most, so you’d think that I wouldn’t get hurt. But after years of thinking I was some type of walking injury, I did some research and found a few things:
- Every day, there are more than 10,000 people treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries stemming from sports, recreation, and exercise.
- Between 1990 and 2007, over 970,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for weight training-related injuries.
- A study published in 2013 states that there is a rate of 3.1 injuries for every 1,000 hours spent doing CrossFit training. (1)
- From 1990 to 2007, 114 people died from using free weights and weight machines.
- With an average of 49,246 injuries per year, weight lifting causes the 9th most injuries out of 33 sports in the NEISS database. (2)
- Reviews of the literature in long-distance running found that injury rates ranged from 2.5-12.1 injuries per 1,000 hours of training. (3)
These are just a few! If I listed everything I found, you’d probably stop exercising! But that’s the last thing I want.
Not only do we see how common injuries are, but we see that they are common across the range of activities from running, strength training and Crossfit. Not one sport is necessarily more injury-prone than the other.
At this point, you might be saying to yourself, “So what do I do about this?”
Begin to implement Corrective Exercise & Recovery Strategies into your work outs! Pre, intra and post work out – they are crucial to identifying and fixing troublesome areas before the injury occurs. If you are a trainer, please begin to teach your clients these things!
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