CrossFit is a workout craze that is becoming more and more popular. It is intense and has a few workouts that are a little unorthodox and frankly, very dangerous when no performed properly. This was seen at the 2014 OC Throwdown fitness competition when professional CrossFit trainer Kevin Ogar bailed on a lift that he was doing. He did not bail out correctly, the bar and weights fell behind him and then bounced back up off of other weights on the floor. The bar hit him in the spine and he is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Although very popular and a great workout for your body, CrossFit has been under fire for its extreme nature. A rise in cases of rhabdomyalsis (when your muscles break down and cause severe kidney damage) and injuries that happen when you overdo it in the gym have been seen. But CrossFit is really no more dangerous than any other sport or workout. Ogar’s accident was a freak accident and CrossFit trainers say that the routine should not be defined by this one incident.
The truth is that any type of workout routine can cause injury if done incorrectly. There are two different types of exercise injury:
– Overuse injuries
– Acute-traumatic injuries
The overuse injuries occur when you do things like lift weights that are a little too heavy for you repeatedly, or when you do the same exercise over and over again and eventually injure a joint or muscle that is being used over and over. The acute-traumatic injury is something like a ligament tear or a broken bone injury which is mostly caused by improper workout technique.
To make sure that you are doing the right workout, talk to a trainer and have them spot you on the weights to make sure that you aren’t over-lifting. Mix up your routines so that you aren’t putting stress on the same muscles over and over. Drink plenty of water and stretch before and after you are done with a workout.