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Guide to Common Injuries at the Gym
The gym is
obviously a great place for getting into, or helping you to stay in
shape. Even in light of this fact, it does not mean that the gym cannot
be bad for you… if you don’t use it correctly!
Injuries occurring at the gym are on the rise, and there are a pretty
broad array of things that can go wrong; from general aches, pains
& strains to broken bone and even head
injuries – it
pays to be aware what the potential pitfalls of bad gym use are.
It’s important to be aware that gym injuries are, for the
most part, highly preventable; the purpose of this article is not
scaremonger and put you off visiting the gym – it is simply
to make you aware of the potential hazards that are out there.
Below are some of the most common gym injuries you are likely to fall
foul to whilst participating in your weekly fitness fix. Remember:
there’s plenty to gain without the pain!
Your workout, your injury –
perhaps the most important point
to remember is that the injury you are most likely incur is going to be
any injury related to the exercise or exercises you most often do!
Although this may sound obvious/bordering on condescending, too many
people get far too bogged-down with worries about “the most
common” gym hazards, to the extent where they go to bizarre
lengths to avoid injuries to parts of their body which were never
really “in the firing line” to begin with. The best
chance you have of avoiding injury is through utilising your common
Too much, too quickly – being too
enthusiastic to get in
shape quickly is truly an admirable quality to encounter in a
person. However, one of the main reasons for injuries at the
gym is being overzealous. It is vital to be aware of your limitations;
after all, the whole purpose of exercise and fitness training is to
push the limitations and not ignore them. In some people’s
minds, this point is only applicable to those gym goers who are
approaching weight lifting with eyes that are bigger than their biceps;
however, forcing too much cardio exercise on a system that is not
prepared to handle it can have much more devastating consequences than
trying to lift weight that’s too heavy…
Stretching it to the limit - warming up
before any kind of exercise is
definitely a smart idea, yet a surprising number of people totally skip
this injury-saving step and dive straight into a strenuous workout. For
those who do actually remember to try and spare their muscles and
ligaments, problems often arise from incorrect stretching techniques.
The most common culprit is “bouncing” into a
stretch, instead of taking the correct amount time to stress the
limb/body part slowly and carefully. This is extremely
counter-productive and immediately over-exerts the area that the
movement is supposed to be benefiting!
Let go – the treadmill is a
top-class piece of equipment for
working out. However, it is quickly becoming one of the most common
ways for people to injure themselves at the gym. Surprisingly, leg
injuries or falling off are not the most likely hazards associated with
treadmill usage. People holding on to the safety bar while running at
top speeds can cause nasty shoulder injuries by placing the body in an
unnatural and contorted position. Although it may be scary to run on a
treadmill, it is something that you will feel more comfortable when
given enough practise.
Rules, rules, rules – in all
reality, one of the chief
reasons for injury occurring at the gym is often quite simply down to
poor health & safety. It is a legal requirement for a gym to
show their members the correct methods of using their equipment; so it
is therefore a sensible idea to give that fact the due care and
attention it deserves. It is not only improper use of equipment that
can result in injury. It is also important to remember more simplistic
health & safety advice, such as not rushing/running in
potentially wet and slippery areas. A gym will have plenty of hazardous
areas from wet locker rooms and swimming pool sides, to general damp
patches as a result of spilt water-bottles or even sweat!
Author: Nathan Clarke is a professional guest blogger, writing about
ways to avoid injuries at the gym.