FPF Show Episode 5: Is CrossFit TM Bad for Shoulders? – With Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett

By Nichole Bonner

October 27, 2021

CrossFit and injury has been a hot topic from the very beginning.  Ever since we saw that first kipping pull-up from the 1st CrossFit Games it opened a few eyes and got people thinking this may be dangerous.  Since then there has been a raging argument from both sides of the discussion.  In today's episode I got Dr. Sean Rockett on the show.  He's the head orthopedic surgeon for CF HQ since 2012 and someone I really trust when it comes to shoulder health. 

Given he's a regular practitioner of CrossFit and treats similar folks on a regular basis I felt he'd be a good person to interview to get some solid insight.  A few topics we went over:

  • What are the most common shoulder issues you see?
  • What are the most common surgeries?
  • What's causing the problem?
  • What movements are causing problems?
  • Is there a difference between competitive athletes and recreational athletes?
  • How can we prevent future injury?


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Show Notes / Relevant Articles:

  1. Can You Predict Who Will Get Hurt in CrossFit?
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Getting Out of Shoulder Pain and Back to Training in the Gym
  3. Complete Guide to Rotator Cuff Tears, Tendinopathy and Subacromial Impingement Syndrome
  4. Is CrossFit Causing Shoulder Injuries?
  5. How Common Are Injuries in Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, CrossFit and Recreational Fitness
  6. Wagener S, Hoppe MW, Hotfiel T, et al. CrossFit® – Development, Benefits and Risks [CrossFit® – Entwicklung, Nutzen und Risiken]. Sportorthopa¨die-Sporttraumatologie. 2020;36(3):241-249. doi:10.1016/j.orthtr.2020.07.001
  7. Klimek C, Ashbeck C, Brook AJ, Durall C. Are Injuries More Common With CrossFit Training Than Other Forms of Exercise? J Sport Rehabil. 2018 May 1;27(3):295-299. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2016-0040. Epub 2018 May 22. PMID: 28253059.

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