FAQ: "High-intensity exercise regimens come with injury-risks of their own - but is CrossFit being given a bad run?"
It’s a question we hear more and more frequently as Sports Physiotherapists these days, and we’ve seen a boom of ‘boxes’ explode throughout the inner city and suburbs.
Recent research has examined the nature and prevalence of injury during CrossFit training (read the research)
For our gym-based injury guru, Mike, CrossFit carries the same risk factors as any high-intensity exercise program. It's all about technique.
It was interesting, however, to see an ABC News feature on the injury prevalence associated with CrossFit activity. These articles prick the ear of any physio worth their salt, particularly where research is cited. Needless to say, we were jumping online before the article was finished to figure out where the stats the ABC was claiming had come from and what the context of the injury stats was.
Pleasingly, the ABC had cited a very credible source, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which identified CrossFit as having a 73.5% injury rate among participants. At first glance, this figure is kind of astounding. Unfortunately for our associates in the CrossFit industry, little context was given to this figure. When compared to other similar impact and intensity sports, such as weight-lifting and forms of gymnastics, CrossFit carries the same injury risk for people commencing these sports. The injury prevalence figure actually begins to pale when compared to contact sports such as Rugby or Aussie Rules!
If you want to be the fittest, and we know you do!, you are required to train at high intensity. Training at high intensity can lead to exercise fatigue if your program is not adhered to as prescribed by your CrossFit instructors or therapists. You may see postural and muscular control compromised. Any reputable CrossFit trainer will support a natural and individual build-up to high intensity training to ensure your fitness goals are met safely and realistically. At NCCP we have the expertise to not only rehabilitate your movement issues following an injury, we also have the latest movement assessment technology to reduce your overall risk of injury. Our experience of CrossFit injuries are primarily of the shoulder or spine and, if not treated correctly, these can result in specific stability faults or weaknesses even when pain reduces. This can seriously impact your longer-term CrossFit performance. NCCP is experienced in working with personal and CrossFit trainers, to support training goals. If injury strikes, we can get you back on track using detailed video analysis of your squatting technique (yes, we have an Olympic bar in clinic) and we can guide you through the prehab and rehab program you need on your CrossFit journey to be the best you can be!
Mike's Top 3 Technique Tips for high-intensity exercise
Why not call in to the clinic to talk about your CrossFit program with Mike or one of our other physios.
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