CrossFit is a big deal these days and many new people are giving it a try. As a sport, it has grown in leaps and bounds with “boxes” popping up all over the country and indeed the world. A more recent trend in the past few years has seen more people in their 40s, 50s and 60s having a go and seeing huge improvements to their health. Weight loss, lowered cholesterol, better control of blood sugar and better strength and energy levels are all drawing middle aged athletes to what once appeared to be a sport reserved for young people.
CrossFit as an organization has started taking note of this and is now recruiting doctors to become CrossFit trainers so they can inform their patients of the benefits of CrossFit instead of simply handing out medication for every symptom. The last series of the CrossFit games included athletes in their 40s to 60s who had lost large amounts of weight, cured their diabetes or got off all their blood pressure medications by following a disciplined exercise program at their gym.
But what about CrossFit’s reputation as a sport where people can get injured or end up with the dreaded “rhabdo”? Many doctors and Physical Therapists are not enamored with CrossFit because they are the ones who see folks getting injured and having to do rehab or even surgery. Concerns about the dangers of CrossFit and lack of information keep many who should be doing it on the sidelines. Practitioners who are familiar with the sport will tell you that it’s not the sport itself that’s dangerous but more often it’s the way it is executed that leads to injury.
So, if you are thinking about dipping your toe in the water or having a sip of the CrossFit Kool-Aid and you have questions or concerns, here are a few strategies to help you get fit and stay well.
Five ways to avoid injury in CrossFit
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