The Massive Crossfit Injury Rate

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Today we answer: Why are there so many injuries in crossfit?



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Quality information is hard to dig up sometimes, but this 1996 NCBI survey says that there is about a 5.1% injury rate across everyone who does a sport or just exercises regularly. They probably include curling in that so, you know. 5.1% seems reasonable.


Let's say that your daughter wanted to take up jogging. She's going out for the high school track team, you applaud her desire to get involved, to be physically active, and damn it, you're bringing beer to all them foot races to cheer her on.

And then someone shows you this study from NCBI. It looked at injury rates among regular runners and found a yearly injury occurrence between 37-56%. As in, between 1/3rd and 1/2 of the people who jog get injured every year. Is that okay? Are you still as supportive? Well, sure, it's over 5.1%,  but it's just jogging.

Now let's say that your son wants to go out for football (it's a sexist world, after all.) As a good parent, you want to be supportive, but there's this nagging thought in the back of your mind. Something about concussions?

You do a little googleing and find out the the NFL had a 63% player injury rate in 2010. What the fuck? And that doesn't include post retirement concussion shit? But you know, high school football injury rates are lower. And he really wants to play, so, whatever. Sure.

And then you decide to start exercising. You're resolved to burn some of that nagging body fat and get back into prime physical condition. And that crossfit stuff works, right? That Seth Rollins guy from the WWE swears by crossfit and he's pretty ripped.

What injury rate would be too high for you to keep your kid from doing a sport? So high that you would decide that the potential risk isn't worth the potential gain?

This study, published last year in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research alleges a mother fucking 73.5% injury rate within crossfit. (BTW, skydiving has an injury rate of 0.00023%) And another BTW, CrossFit Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the Journal for daring to publish the study.
"...(3 out of 4) participants had sustained an injury that had prevented them from working, training or competing.” 
Would a 73.5% injury rate be considered "massive" or at the least, too much of a risk to participate? Or, would it be motivation to only do it once you learned how the fuck to do it carefully?

Now, I haven't found any actual research on this, but I think that even though 73.5% is a massive injury rate (If true! Don't sue me, bitches!) there are two things to keep in mind.

First, people who do crossfit as a sport behave very differently from people doing High Intensity Power Training (HIPT) as basic exercise. If I'm just a regular bro trying to tone up bro, I'm not going to be a dickhead on the pull up bar. I'm gonna do my pull ups and be cool, bro. But if the competitive exercise asshole gene is triggered and we have a bench press race and call it sport, well shit.

Second, let's look back on that 37-56% injury rate for runners. Who are these people? What shoes are they wearing? Are they heal striking? Are they running in traffic? Are they running in a rock farm after a typhoon? I have no scientific evidence for this, but I strongly suspect that a lot of these injuries come from people who don't know what the fuck they're doing. And the competitive "Bro, let's get swole" crossfit environment might just attract people who don't know what the fuck they are doing.


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