Common Crossfit sports injuries and how physiotherapy can help

"Common Crossfit injuries include low back pain, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, and wrist injuries. Sports physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for these injuries and can help reduce pain and improve mobility. "

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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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