• CrossFit and Its Potential for Spinal Injuries

    by Dr. Hooman M. Melamed
    on Jul 13th, 2016

A typical CrossFit routine consists of a warm up session, skill development, and a workout of the day. In addition, the social culture and positive diet integration make CrossFit an effective way for people to get in shape and improve their physical health. However, as with any intense workout, there is a risk of injury.

It is important to know your limits when it comes to participating in CrossFit workouts, so that you can avoid causing serious damage to your spine. Be sure to properly stretch before exercising and talk with your doctor about any risks, so that you can get all the benefits of the workout while minimizing your risk of injury. CrossFit injuries tend to be on a similar incidence level as gymnastics and weightlifting, and on a lower level than competitive contact sports.

Safety Tips for Exercising and Other Activities

When you start a new exercise plan or want to partake in a new activity, such as organized sports, talk to your doctor about ways to stay safe. You can also learn about safety hazards and other risks, so that you can do everything in your power to avoid injury.

If you do feel that something is out of the ordinary when you are exercising, such as a sudden pain or nagging discomfort, consult your doctor right away, so that they can get to the bottom of the issue and help you recover before something more serious develops. If you have an existing condition or any questions related to your spinal health, it is a good idea to get answers from your spine specialist, as well.

Author Dr. Hooman M. Melamed

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