The Safety of CrossFit From a Physical Therapy Viewpoint

CrossFit Is Bad For Your Joints?

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “crossfit” is probably not good things. You might think it’s some sort of high intensity cardio workout or even weight lifting. However, there are many other reasons why you may want to avoid doing crossfit:

1) It causes joint pain!

(See #2 above!)

2) It causes injury!

(See #3 above! )

3) It causes muscle imbalances!

(See #4 above!)

4) It increases risk of cancer!

(See #5 above!)

So what does all this mean?

Well, if you’re already suffering from any of these issues then you’ll definitely want to steer clear of crossfit. If none of those apply to you, then crossfit is probably fine for you. But if you do have any of these issues, then you need to get yourself checked out by a physical therapist.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Problems With CrossFit?

There are several common problems that occur with people who participate in crossfit. These include:

1) Joint Pain: Many people report joint pain after participating in crossfit workouts. They say their shoulders ache, their knees hurt, and they experience pain anywhere else on their body during the workout.

3) Muscle Imbalances: Many people get muscle imbalances from crossfit. What this means is that they develop muscles in some areas, but not others. This can lead to a really bad posture and potentially injure those muscles as well. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you’re engaging the correct muscles during each exercise. If you’re having problems with this then you should consult a personal trainer or physical therapist so that they can help you with your form.

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4) Risk of Cancer: There is evidence that suggests crossfit increases the risk of certain types of cancers such as leukemia.

The cause for this is that when you’re working out at an intense rate, your body produces a lot more growth hormones. While this may help you build muscle, it can also speed up the process of cancer cell division. The best way to avoid this is to not overdo the exercise. Listen to your body and take breaks in between each set.

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