As a CrossFitter, one of the most important things you can do to decrease your risk of injury is focus more on your recovery.
It doesn’t matter if you train once a week, four times a week or 14 times per week. Training is stressful on the body. If you’re not recovering from the stress you’re putting on your body, eventually, it’s going to start breaking down.
With Crossfit, many injuries are due to overuse or improper technique.
As a Physiotherapist that works with CrossFitters, I see a lot of people who suffer from shoulder pain. Some a periodic niggle, others muscle and tendon tears. This makes sense, almost 30% of CrossFit injuries are shoulder-related.
30% That’s a bit much, don’t ya think?
Injury prevention is one of the most controversial and highly debated topics at the moment. Many healthcare practitioners, personal trainers and everyone else in between claim they are an ‘injury prevention specialist’ or that by ‘performing these exercises’ or ‘this program’, you can prevent injury.
My ‘life long goal’ was to deadlift 200kg. At the time I set the goal, it would have been a double bodyweight deadlift. The only issue was that I couldn't even get it off the floor, it literally wouldn't budge. 190kg? Sure, I pulled that several times when testing whether 200kg would evade me once again. It seemed as though nothing I did increased my ability to lift 200kg.