3 Key points about CrossFit

Written by: Dr. Luis Gallego Burguillo
Edited by: Top Doctors®

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.

Benefits CrossFit

This sport improves various physical aspects, among which are:

  • cardiovascular and respiratory resistance
  • muscular strength
  • Force
  • power
  • Flexibility
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • psychomotor
  • Balance
  • Precision

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.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Luis Gallego Burguillo

By Dr. Luis Gallego Burguillo
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Gallego Burguillo is a renowned specialist in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine orthopedist. With over 10 years of experience, he received in 2014 the Gold Medal Forum Europe 2001 in recognition of their welfare work and values ​​defends and represents. During his long career he has also published numerous articles in state medical journals and has been a speaker at several conferences on orthopedic surgery. Currently, part of the team of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology Hospital Virgen del Mar Vithas of Almeria and is also a member of several associations of Traumatology of regional and state level.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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