A Physiotherapy guide to
Crossfit® Injury Prevention
- CrossFit uses many multi-joint movements (eg. Squat, Deadlift, Clean) which research has shown to have a positive effect on bone density as we age, along with keeping the central nervous system “sharp”.
- It challenges our body to adapt due fatigue and to different modalities. CrossFit incorporates the use of one's own bodyweight (gymnastic movements, running, jumping), Barbells, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Medicine Balls, Olympic Weightlifting along with Strongman Training.
- Due to its high metabolic demand, CrossFit increases EPOC (Exercise Post-Oxygen Consumption), enabling one to burn more calories at rest.
- It may also increase muscle mass and strength in the novice trainee.
- Another positive aspect of CrossFit is the fact that each and every workout has potential to be quite different than the last, which some find to be mentally challenging. For many, this tends to keeps things fun/interesting, which may increase one’s motivation giving them the desire to “stick with it”.
- Repeat high intensity exercise has been shown to be most beneficial for fat burning and increasing VO2 Max, and CrossFit training encompasses both these aspects.
Ormeau Physio appreciates Crossfit® as a good exercise choice especially when performed with the supervision of a great coach
however with the high intensity style of this exercise, technique of movements is the danger area for injuries, especially when under fatigue. Your CrossFit coach will help you hone your exercise technique but unfortunately sometimes injuries can occur as with any from of intense exercise.
When should I see My physiotherapist?
- When you first start Crossfit® - A Crossfit Athlete Screen is a great tool for yourself and your coach to help you get the most out of your training
- Acute injuries - when a new pain arises especially one done under load (eg. a bar)
- Chronic injuries - when you have consistent pain
- When your Coach Tells you - A good coach will observe almost every movement you will make and knows when your movement is being hindered by something.
- When you are struggling with a particular exercise or
- For maintenence - This varies for every athlete and will depend on how often you train, to what intensity, if you have any underlying weaknesses and how well you look after yourself.