With the continuous increase in popularity, CrossFit gyms are opening everywhere. Cross fitters undergo high-intensity workouts that require the entire body to become involved. The training program is wide-ranging and includes all methods of natural movement. Running, jumping, lifting, and agility are all fundamental pieces of a Crossfit training program. CrossFit is a great workout that focuses on functional human movements. However, with such high physical demands, CrossFit can cause injuries and an overworked body. The intensity, competitive nature, and tough workouts are what initially draw people in, but many athletes jump into workouts without a long-term plan, thereby causing harm to their body. Fortunately, physical therapy can help CrossFit athletes recover from injury while preventing future injuries from occurring.
What is Cross fit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning workout used by many types of athletes. It provides a constant variety of functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. CrossFit incorporates Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, high-intensity interval training, power lifting, gymnastics, strongman, and other exercises. Classes are short but efficient. It is comprised of a warm-up, skill development segment, the workout of the day (WOD), and a session of stretching. CrossFit workouts are not for everyone. The intensity and competition level is extremely high, which could cause a serious collapse of muscle for cross fitters who don’t respect their maximum boundaries and limits.
CrossFit Overall Risk
Several studies have been conducted to assess the type and rates of injuries sustained. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research administered a questionnaire to 132 respondents. Out of those 132 individuals, 73.5% reported an injury that prevented them to work or exercise, with an injury rate of 3.1 per 1000 hours trained. The most common injuries reported were shoulder and spine. Of the total 186 injuries, 7% required surgery. In addition, CrossFit has a higher incident of shoulder injuries and other upper extremities than all other forms of exercise.
Benefits of Physical Therapy for CrossFit
At Layton Physical Therapy, we have a team of sports medicine experts with years of experience with recreational and professional athletes. With a combination of injury prevention, dietary suggestions, physical therapy, and other sports medicine strategies, we will help you protect your body and prevent injury during your physical activities. Whether CrossFit athletes are seeking to relieve pain or simply prevent injury, physical therapy can provide numerous benefits for cross fitters. In addition, physical therapy should be utilized pre and post-surgery to support a functional return to working out. Our goal at Layton Physical Therapy is to help our patients return to CrossFit after injury while educating them about their body and proper biomechanics during exercise. Our physical therapists treat patients by using a combination of manual therapy techniques and exercises specifically tailored to the needs of each patient. We strive to make sure that our patients stay healthy while achieving an optimal recovery.
Is Physical Therapy Right for You?
Physical therapy works in a variety of settings and situations. Individuals that frequently participate in CrossFit, may benefit from physical therapy. If you find yourself struggling to make strength advances with simple movements or continue to suffer from injuries, physical therapy may be right for you. Regardless of what kind of injury you have, we can treat it or refer you to someone else who can. For example, we rehabilitate:
- Tennis elbow
- Spinal injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Sprained ankles
- General muscular aches and pains
Don’t wait until your injuries start hindering your workout and overall well-being. In some instances, CrossFit injuries can be improved more quickly by the treatment of massage therapy and other physical therapy techniques
What to Expect
The first step involves an initial evaluation of the injury that typically takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. The evaluation encompasses a wide variety of questions and tests to measure and establish the strength of your muscles and joints. Once the tests are complete, your physical therapist will discuss the findings with the patient. We will set up an individualized physical therapy plan that will incorporate your goals in regards to CrossFit.
To reap the benefits of CrossFit without sustaining any injuries, allow our specialized physical therapists to provide you with effective treatments that will help you live a healthier life without any physical limitation. Our entire staff is committed to providing you with a comfortable and relaxed environment during your treatment or therapy program. For more information on how physical therapy can be beneficial for cross fitters, contact us at (801) 896-9624.