Friday, April 2, 2010

Stop Hitting Yourself

A recent study found that weightlifting injuries have been increasing:
From 1996 to 2007 overall injuries increased 48.4%, with men sustaining the most injuries at 82.3%. But women weren’t exempt--although their numbers were smaller, their injury rate increased 63% from 1996 to 2002, signaling that their presence in the weight room is growing. People age 13 to 18 had the highest number of injuries, again indicating that more young people are strength training.
How are people injuring themselves? "[T]he No. 1 reason was dropping a weight on some part of the body. Coming in second was a body part being smashed or crushed between weights, and third was hitting yourself."