Last year, we shared a link to a survey on CrossFit and injuries. Now the study is concluded and we thought that you would be interested in the results. The survey was in Danish, and so is the article (unfortunately). If you are lucky enough to read Danish – here’s the direct link: http://issuu.com/therehabcph/docs/undg___skader_i_crossfit
For those of you not fluent in Danish, here’s a short summery:
- The most common CrossFit injuries are related to lower back or shoulders
- In relation to shoulder injuries, people most often complain about a feeling of fatigue or ‘tightness’ in the anterior part of the shoulder.
- The most common cause of injuries is over-use of the stabilizing muscles of the shoulder, also known as the ‘rotator cuff’. Noteably, M. Infraspinatus (that performs lateral rotation of the shoulder joint) is often stressed..
- In relation to the lower back, the most common problem is pain in the pelvic area – sometimes accompanied by pain radiating to the legs.
- Interestingly, CrossFit is rarely the primary cause of injury. Most often, old injuries tend to ‘pop up’ again when people start doing CrossFit.
- The biggest challenge in terms of injury prevention (at least in DK) is that CrossFit is performed as “fitness training” and not as a sport. This means that the level of information is quite low, and the supervision from trainers is inconsistent at best.
- Restitution should be of highest priority for all people doing CrossFit, as the vigorous workouts induce a high amount of stress on the body
- WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE. CrossFit gyms should offer technique courses and thorough guidance on injury prevention. At the same time, people doing CrossFit should actively seek out information and listen to their bodies.
We thank our good friend, Peter from The Rehab @Butcher’s Lab for sharing this article with us!