CrossFit is a training model that lately is becoming popular due to its many benefits. It consists of a series of high-intensity workouts in which a certain weight is used depending on the person to perform the maximum number of repetitions.
So, this sport combines athleticism exercises, calisthenics (exercises that use your own body weight as load) and uprisings similar to weightlifting weight.
This sport improves various physical aspects, among which are:
- cardiovascular and respiratory resistance
- muscular strength
So, this sport so complete is a breakthrough in the evolution of fitness that will allow the development of the locomotor system to levels unreached.
Risks of the CrossFit
In the United States there have been some cases of CrossFit practitioners who have suffered arrhythmias or rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue release substances into the bloodstream that can be toxic to the kidneys). In fact, associations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have warned that the CrossFit carries a "disproportionate risk of musculoskeletal injury."
Also, if a practitioner CrossFit has a previous injury without previously manifested as knee ligament injury, tendon degeneration or disc protrusion, it may appear or worsen because of the intensity of workouts.
Tips for Avoiding injuries CrossFit
To avoid injury practicing CrossFit, first it is advisable to be informed about the exercises that can cause injury if done in the wrong way and in good physical shape before practicing. For this reason, it is always advised to do any exercise with proper weight.
Also noteworthy is that the game includes exercises like Olympic lifts that require a very specific implementation to avoid risk of injury. Since the objective of CrossFit is to do as many repetitions lifting the heaviest weight possible, it is easy to harm the exercise by fatigue or muscle fatigue. For this reason, it is vital never sacrifice technique to get more weight or repetitions.
Another tip is, if any signs of pain because of the intensity of exercise, consult a specialist in traumatology before they worsen musculoskeletal injuries.