Are you tired of doctors and therapists telling you to stop CrossFit?
With proper techniques, proper training, and addressing any biomechanical flaws present, there’s no reason you can’t do CrossFit pain free! Yes, injuries do occur, but many Olympic athletes perform these same lifts. Shoulder pain, low back pain, knee pain, and Achilles pain are the most common CrossFit injuries.
Since the best method is injury prevention, let’s take a look at the 3 basic factors that may cause a CrossFit injury:
1. Structural Issues
2. Training Errors
3. Biomechanical Errors
If you can address impairments before training, you significantly decrease your chances of getting injured. That means more time getting pumped up, hitting PRs and less time laying around!
Tired of medical professionals saying, “Just stop doing CrossFit!” Our main goal is to solve the problem before it occurs and get you back to pain free CrossFit training! This program was designed to identify and address any predisposing or current impairments that may lead to getting an injury in Cross Fit. Designed by a board certified physical therapist, this screening and treatment approach will be able to target and treat any over-looked factors that will increase your injury risk as you train for Cross Fit.
Enjoying CrossFit Without Injury
CrossFit, the high-intensity fitness program designed to tone the entire body in preparation for the unknown, gets a lot of bad press for causing injury. As with any exercise regimen combining intense strength training and cardiovascular exercise, there is a risk of injury. In particular, the most common injuries sustained by CrossFit athletes are overuse injuries and shoulder, lower back, and knee injuries. However, it’s easy to minimize your chance of injury from CrossFit workouts.
Common CrossFit Injuries
Biceps Tears & Ruptured Biceps Tendon from Skin the Cat, which can cause strain on the elbows and shoulders.
Torn Latissimus Dorsi tendon from Muscle Up, which requires explosive movements and strength in the lats.
Peroneal Tendonitis, Achilles Tendinitis & Ruptured Achilles Tendon from Box Jumps and exerting pressure on the feet without proper alignment.
Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff tears from pullups or overhead or lateral lifts – This is often caused by overflexing the upper back and using pectoral muscles to compensate for poor alignment of the shoulder joint.
ACL tears, Meniscus tears, and Patellar Tendonitis are often caused by the knees rolling in as a result of overloaded joints. This can be due to weakness in the glutes.
Quadriceps Tendonitis can be caused by running, jumping, and quick starts, stops, and pivots. It can be due to poorly aligned bones and muscle imbalanced, but this is also a repetitive action injury resulting from training too long or too hard.
Shoulder Labral Pathology can be a result of overuse, especially while doing overhead presses.
Medial and Lateral Elbow Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is usually caused by repetitive contraction of the muscles in the forearm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often a repetitive motion injury, and it can also be a secondary injury after a wrist fracture or dislocation.
Distal Radius Fracture, or a broken wrist, is usually a trauma injury – it is most often caused by falling.
Wrist/Bone Contusions, also known as sprains, can be caused by a blow to the wrist, using hands to break a fall, exerting extreme pressure on the wrist (like lifting heavy weights without support), or twisting the wrist.