CrossFit & Injury


One the biggest criticisms of CrossFit is how dangerous it seems. With so many unfamiliar movements done at high intensity, pictures and videos of athletes collapsing into a pool of sweat and gasping for air, it’s easy to jump to conclusions. I’ve been CrossFitting for 3 years and I’ve only had 1 injury. And it was self-admittedly from poor programming on my part. The risk on injury increases the second you step out of bed. And sure, risk is higher when moving weighted objects at high intensity. But, the risk of injury exists with any physical activity. To dramatically decrease the risk, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Scale. Nothing injures people more than their ego. Trying to perform with higher weight than your ability will increase the risk.
  • Listen to your coach. We don’t tell you lift your chest or push your butt back for our amusement. Our focus is on safety and we want you to move well.
  • Proficiency->Consistency->Intensity, in that order. Only when you can move properly repeatedly will you add intensity. If you’re trying to beat the clock with no regard to form, you’re asking for trouble.
  • Remember, it’s YOUR workout. If you feel pain doing a particular movement, communicate that with your coach. They will guide you to an alternate movement if necessary. We can work around injuries to keep you active.

The takeaway from this: While safety is a two-way street between you and your coach, it is ultimately your responsible to ensure your safety. Just like driving safely or drinking responsibly, you’ll make the decision of how to treat each workout. My advice: Be smart, follow our advice, leave your ego at home, ask a lot questions and you will train injury free.

TODAY: TUES, JAN 28, 2014



*30 Double Unders every time you drop the bar.

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5 Responses to CrossFit & Injury

  1. Dan says:

    Two injuries for me. I came off the rope too early and didn’t look where my feet were gonna hit, sprained my ankle when I landed on the rope. My fault. I don’t foam roll or recover for like three weeks straight and my psoas got so tight it affected my back so bad I couldn’t stand up. My fault.

  2. Kelly says:

    Overdoing it for me…not listening to my body, pushing too hard, hurting my calf and achilles. Learning after the fact to “stop, drop and roll.”

  3. tassha says:

    My ego and over doing it. I actively have to remind myself to take a rest day…rest tassha rest. And the reason I haven’t been in the gym in about a week is because all the WOD’s are heavily shoulder based, and not sure how, but I injured my shoulder. Taking the doctor’s advice and “resting it” for 7-10 days…on day 7 now. The type of injury I have, the tendon between the neck and shoulder being inflamed, usually comes from high impact…like football players and wrestlers get it, thus my confusion. Maybe some heavy cleans? Anyways, yes listen to the body, I think rest is working, although I still feel the tightness and soreness, 7-days later.

  4. CFW - Lloyd says:

    Thanks for sharing guys. It’ll certainly help others. I pulled my calf doing a workout at the firehouse. I coupled box jumps with heavy sled pushes. I could feel my calf getting tight throughout the workout but I kept pushing. A point I forget to add is yours Kelly M – Listen to your body.

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