Crossfit is a high-intensity fitness program combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular exercise elements. While it can be an effective and challenging workout, it can also be associated with a higher risk of injury due to the demanding nature of the exercises.
Common Crossfit injuries include:
- Low back pain: Crossfit’s repetitive lifting and twisting movements can strain the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort. In a study of Crossfit athletes, low back pain was the most commonly reported injury, with an incidence rate of 18.4% (Chaudhari et al., 2017).
- Shoulder injuries: The overhead pressing and pulling movements in Crossfit can lead to shoulder impingement and rotator cuff injuries. A systematic review of Crossfit-related injuries found that shoulder injuries were the second most common, with an incidence rate of 15.5% (Chaudhari et al., 2017).
- Knee injuries: Crossfit’s high-impact jumping and landing movements can lead to patellofemoral pain syndrome (pain around the knee cap) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. A study of recreational Crossfit athletes found that knee injuries were the third most common, with an incidence rate of 8.6% (Chaudhari et al., 2017).
- Wrist injuries: The high volume of handstand push-ups and other weight-bearing exercises on the wrists can lead to wrist pain and overuse injuries. A study of Crossfit athletes found that wrist injuries were the fourth most common, with an incidence rate of 7.9% (Chaudhari et al., 2017).
Sports physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for these and other Crossfit injuries. A physiotherapist can assess the injury, develop a treatment plan, and provide hands-on therapy to help reduce pain and improve mobility. They can also provide exercises to improve strength and flexibility, which can help prevent future injuries.
In addition to traditional physiotherapy techniques, a sports physiotherapist may use trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation and dry needling to help manage pain and promote healing.
If you are a Crossfit athlete and have sustained an injury, it is important to seek the advice of a sports physiotherapist. We can help you get back to your workouts safely and quickly.
Chaudhari, A. M., DeWeese, B. H., Hiller, W. D., & Mayhew, J. L. (2017). Incidence and prevalence of CrossFit-related injuries: A systematic review. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 47(11), 783-792.
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