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  • The Double Cross of Crossfit

    It is estimated that there are 3 injuries for every 1,000 hours of Crossfit training in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Crossfit participants will suffer an injury over the course of one year of training. Overall, one in seven women “Crossfitters,” and one in five men are expected to incur at least one injury during their training. This makes the injury rate for the activity among the highest in the athletic world. With over 9,000 CrossFit gyms located around the world, the risks to the general public are considerable as the sport has earned a reputation for causing serious, potentially life-threatening overexertion injuries. Three Injuries Lead the (Ice) Pack Injuries to the shoulders, knees, and lower back account for more than 50% of CrossFit injuries. Powerlifting is responsible for most of the injuries to the lower back, while gymnastic motions are responsible for causing the majority of shoulder injuries. The repetitive motions of many CrossFit activities such as lifting dead weights and kettle bells can lead to Tennis Elbow and De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Other common injuries include Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, and Rotator Cuff Tendonitis of the shoulder. The longer a CrossFit participant continues to do their exercises, the more pronounced and serious these injuries will become. Exercising Their Way Into an Early Grave One of the potential side-effects of CrossFit is the development of rhabdomyolysis. This condition occurs when muscle tissue breaks down and enters the bloodstream. As the kidneys become clogged with these tissues, they can no longer effectively filter blood which then leads to kidney failure. Up to 26,000 people each year are treated for the condition, and many of them can trace CrossFit as being the cause of their injury. Other potentially fatal conditions caused by CrossFit include heat stroke and heart attack brought on by overexertion. Less lethal, but no less serious are the potential long-term consequences of CrossFit training. These include destroyed joints and torn ligaments that can require surgical repair. Even after these are repaired, these injuries can permanently limit an individual’s range of motion and ability to perform their jobs. A personal injury attorney can help injured CrossFitters trace the cause of the injury and the impact it has on their lives. When an exercise regimen is responsible for causing an injury, the health club and/or trainer can be held liable for failing to adequately monitor[READ MORE…]

  • Danger on the Job: The future of Workplace Injuries

    The Occupational Health and Safety Act has promised American workers the right to a safe job since 1970, but with President Trump’s agenda, that could soon change. Since he took office, Trump has repeatedly delayed or repealed worker safety and other associated rules, and he has proposed the elimination of various worker safety programs as well as massive budget cuts. Such aggressive actions have left the future of worker safety and health protections in limbo. Workers Remain at Serious Risk for Injury, Illness and Death Workplace injury, illness and death continue to take a toll on workers in the United States, and despite efforts to improve work conditions, a lot still needs to be done. Recent reports reveal that an alarming 4,836 workers lost their lives due to on the job injuries in 2015 and occupational diseases took the lives of approximately 50,000 to 60,000 more. Additionally, there were about 3.7 million work-related injuries and illness reported that year. The true number of work injuries and illness is difficult to determine, however, because so many go unreported. It is estimated that there were around 7.4 to 11.1 million in 2015. Certain Workers Are at a Higher Risk for Injuries and Illnesses than Others Although anyone can become the victim of hazardous working conditions, some workers are more apt to suffer than others. Those at the highest risk include: Latino and immigrant workers tend to become injured or lose their lives to on the job injuries. In 2015, it was reported that 943 immigrant workers died on the job. The Latino fatality rate that year was 0.4 per 100,000- a whopping 18 percent higher than the national average. Older workers continue to be at a higher risk for work-related injuries and illnesses. In 2015, there were 1,681 fatalities among older workers, accounting for about 35 percent of all worker deaths. And workers who are 65 or older are about 2.5 times as likely to die on the job. The fatality rate for older workers is about 9.4 per 100,000. Construction, agriculture and transportation remain some of the most dangerous occupations for workers. In 2015, there were 937 construction workers who lost their lives on the job. That is the highest number of deaths in any job. Additionally, 765 transportation and warehouse workers were killed in 2015, and another 570 agricultural workers died due to on the job injuries. While safety and[READ MORE…]


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