How Common are Injuries in Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, Crossfit and Recreational Fitness?

By djpope

October 16, 2018

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Injuries Happen

No matter how smart you train, how good your technique is, how great the program is, sometimes things go awry.  Injuries and pain are really just a part of life.  Can we reduce the risk of injury with smarter training? Of course.

I just hate it when people say that “X” training method is completely safe where “Y” training method is super dangerous.  What happens when we actually take a look into our medical literature and see the actual. rates of injuries? and how can your body reboot with just a change in your nutrition. Supplements like the hmb supplement that can be used to improve your daily nutritions. I made a video and a few images below to give you a glimpse into injury rates for competitive strength sports as well as for recreational fitness activities.  Check it out:

What I found interesting was that the rate for bodybuilding was quite low (even with elite bodybuilders).  This may be because the emphasis is not on maximal load lifting and potentially more emphasis on slower reps in order to stimulate muscle growth.  The other thing bodybuilders have is a lot of is consistency.  Bodybuilding splits traditionally have less variety then let’s say a CrossFit TM style training program.  This may be one of the reasons for such low injury rates.

Also, injuries in recreational impact sports are pretty high! Maybe we should be a bit more concerned about our athletes going to play pick up basketball or then using the weight machines in the gym.  Interesting!

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I love injuries,

Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF L1