The sport of CrossFit has a reputation for being dangerous, but are injuries in CrossFit really more prevalent than in other sports?
CrossFit, which entails “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity,” sees its participants perform monostructural movements, weightlifting exercises and gymnastics tasks.
It is a fitness movement designed to promote well-rounded athletes.
According to Dr. Laura Vogel, MD, CrossFit doesn’t disproportionately cause injury in athletes compared to other sports.
“CrossFit injuries [have been] shown to be on par with other sports as far as injury rates within [the US],” she told Healio News during the 2022 International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress.
A 2022 systematic review found that injury incidence rate in CrossFit is similar to weightlifting and powerlifting. According to the authors, risk factors included:
- older age
- male sex
- a greater body mass index
- existence of previous injuries
- lack of coach supervision
- CrossFit experience
- participation in competitions
However, the authors warned that the limited quality of the studies mean no solid conclusions about injury risk factors can be drawn.
A 2018 4-year analysis of CrossFit injury rates similarly concluded that “CrossFit training is relatively safe compared with more traditional training modalities.”
“CrossFit can be done without injury when you adhere to some basic principles,” Dr Vogel concluded. “Engaging with your coaches, scaling your movements intelligently and really just checking your ego at the door.”
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The rate of injury in CrossFit ranges widely from study to study, with percentages reported in the teens up to the 70s. The general consensus is that there are between 0.2 and 18.9 injuries per 1,000 training hours, which is low compared to sports such as American football.
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