Types of Gym Injuries
Whether or not you are an avid gym member, it’s important to understand that the technique can either make it or break it for you.
It’s not hard to believe people get injuries at the gym. The number one thought a person would think about is getting an injury by doing weights—free weights or weight machines. Those people are not wrong. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), about 52.6% of people receive injuries due to free weights.
Crush injuries usually occur with free weights (meaning kettlebells and dumbbells) where a person accidentally drops weights on their own (or someone’s) body leaving with a terrible injury and a call for the hospital.
But gym injuries do not exclude cardio exercises. When using cardiovascular machines, there are trip and fall accidents (how embarrassing). It might be a minor injury that can be taken care of with a first aid kit, but even with just cardio—if you overdo it you can have an overextension injury.
Overextension injury is whenever you overwork your body that it creates stress on fractures and tendencies—which can cause a chronic injury. The NCBI says there are a 36.2% of overextension injuries from gym activities. Exercising is crucial to your health, but too much of it can lead you for a doctor’s visit.
What’s surprising is that the NCBI says that 35.9% injuries happen in group classes (don’t quit on Zumba just yet). These injuries usually happen because of awkward falls and weird landings when following the instructor. You might be so focused on the routine that you’re not paying attention to your surroundings.
When working out, it’s important to have the correct posture and practice the right technique. If not, a personal injury can happen.