Before the top eight CrossFit injuries are ranked, head to toe here’s are three ways to prevent hurting yourself.
1 Find the right instruction. Too many times, athletes hurt themselves by listening to bad coaching.
2 Take your time and leave your ego at the door. Know your limits or it’s possible you will hurt yourself.
3 Stretching is key to any workout, including CrossFit. Prep your body pre and post workout before you step foot in the gym.
Starting from the top all the way down to your feet, here are eight CrossFit injuries that only athletes will know.
1 PUSH JERK / PUSH PRESS
Be careful of the barbell. When performing push jerk/ push press, the barbell can be your natural enemy. Often times you won’t notice these bumps and bruises until after your set.
Cleans are a really great exercise for building strength. Though you have to be careful because you can get hurt a lot of different ways during cleans. Watch out for bruising on the upper body, scraps on your thighs, or even bumps on your thighs.
A quality kettlebell is one of the best tools you can have at the gym. The kettlebell is very versatile but it can also injure folks. Watch out for forearm injuries during your next kettlebell workout.
4 PULL-UPS / TOES-TO-BAR
One of the best ways to increase your natural grip strength is through pull-ups and toes-to-bar. While your upper body builds muscle, the skin on your hands eats a lot of damage. Proper gloves and gymnastic grips can help save your palms.
5 SNATCH / OVERHEAD SQUAT
The great thing about snatch and overhead squats is they use a lot of weight. Using more weight can sometimes increase injury risk. Your hands take a lot of brute of Snatchs and overhead squats.
6 BURPEES / WALKING LUNGES
Everyone has a love/hate relationship with burpees and walking lunges. Wearing protection over your knees can offset a lot of the damage here.
7 DOUBLE UNDERS
Double Unders require tremendous timing and focus. Be wary of the rope or you can hurt yourself during a Double Unders set.
8 BOX JUMPS
It has happened to everyone, you miss the box and you hurt yourself. Investing in shin and calf protection can help a little with box jump fails.