What’s going on people! It’s been a minute since our last blog post, but we are back at it trying to get more regular here. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss the Top 3 CrossFit injuries not healed with rest. If you don’t CrossFit, well this might not be the article for you, but there are certainly parallels to other exercise modalities such as Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Gymnastics, and Sports Performance Training that may entice you enough to keep reading on!
First off, it goes without saying that there is an inherent risk of injury with CrossFit (yes this is true). However, generally speaking incidence is not more common than things like distance running, biking, or weekend warrior sports. Like many sports and high level activities though, injuries occur, and there is generally a common pattern or mechanism of injury for most of the injuries we come across in the box and gym. For the most part, the CrossFit community tends to preach injury reduction tactics such as being smart with your weights, warming-up, staying in your lane when it comes to competition during workouts, and of course the recovery component. But... even with all these tools and education thrown at us CrossFit athletes and weightlifting athletes, INJURY OCCURS. There is no ultimate method that will prevent all injuries, believe it or not. They happen! But, if we continue to educate people on the most common causes of injury in the box and gym, then hopefully we can continue to mitigate the risk for serious injury or loss of gym time that will occur. No one gets into CrossFit with the intention of doing everything they can to get stronger even if that means injury, so let's try to do our best to not get injured. Ok, ok. enough with the soap box about injuries occurring. Oh wait, did I mention diet, sleep, and overall stress levels can also contribute?? Well, maybe that is best saved for another post.
Let’s dig in to the top 3 CrossFit Injuries not healed with rest and how we can hopefully decrease these occurrences.
To Conclude, I want you as the reader to understand again that injuries do not mean you have to stop or go get imaging or take up knitting for fun instead of CrossFit. Injuries occur (you’re not alone) and a majority of the time do not have to have medical intervention such as medication, injections, or surgery to help you return. Identification of early symptoms and help from a specialist can take care of 95% of your issues that you may run across during your life. Also, understanding these common issues and the common mechanism will hopefully help you be more cognizant of your movements during CrossFit and reduce your chances of injury down the road.
As always, I’m available via social media @recoverrxpt or via email Luke@recoverrxpt.com to answer any questions you may have.
All the best,
Dr. Luke Greenwell is a Performance Based Physical Therapist with an extensive background in treating the injured athlete. He is passionate about returning people to the sports & activities they love. He has post-doctorate certifications in Manual Spine Therapy and Functional Dry Needling. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has extensive experience in Dartfish video gait/running analysis, concussion rehab, & functional movement screening & correction. He is the owner of CrossFit based RecoverRx Physical Therapy