Do You CrossFit, Fam?

Do You CrossFit, Fam? | Mend Clinic Orthopedic Urgent Care, Salem

Do You CrossFit, Fam?

If you CrossFit, you probably know quite a few newbies who have heard horror stories about injuries—or perhaps you fell into that camp before you fell in love with the sport. CrossFit is a high-intensity workout, and as such, it can come with sports injuries if you’re not careful and/or don’t have a quality coach. At Mend Clinic, our orthopedic experts see their fair share of CrossFit athletes who are injured. However, if practiced correctly, CrossFit shouldn’t have any higher risks than any other similar sport.

CrossFit is effective because it tackles the major (and many minor) muscle groups and joints in one hour-long workout. Hardcore fans might take a class up to six times per week. Overworking and overloading the body naturally leads to an increase in injuries. Couple that with the high-intensity nature of the workouts and high reps, and it’s no surprise that injuries seem to be relatively common.

Most injuries in CrossFit happen in the knees, back, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. In other words, it’s those very agile joint areas (plus the pesky back) that can get hurt in CrossFit. It’s important for the body to regularly experience loaded weights in order to increase bone density, particularly as we age. However, very high impact practices such as box jumps put excessive strain on the calves, heels, and ankle joints. Achilles tendon injuries can occur when performing box jumps.

There’s also the kipping pull-ups, one of the foundations of CrossFit training. They’re linked to shoulder injuries if proper form isn’t adhered to. These types of pull-ups are wildly different from what we’re used to. They’re fast and utilize momentum, putting more strain on the shoulders and wrists than a more traditional, slower pull-up.

Another well-known CrossFit routine is the clean and jerk, often with very heavy weights. The lumbar spine is at a high risk here for herniated discs and sciatic pain. A strong core is vital to prevent back injuries, as is using a belt and building up in weights. CrossFitters may also suffer from a variety of shoulder injuries including labrum tears, upper body sprains, rotator cuff injuries, and impinged tendons. All those squats and jumps can put strain on the knees and lead to a meniscus tear. CrossFitters may roll their ankles or suffer a fracture, and wrist injuries from deadlifts and bench presses can lead to an urgent care visit for tendinitis.

Mend Clinic specializes in sports injuries. Walk-in or call 971-204-8410 for an appointment.