Lucas Parker Explains What is Causing the Pec Injuries in Event 2 of CrossFit Regionals

Lucas Parker had to withdraw last weekend from the East Regional due to medical reasons. He explains what he thinks is causing the injuries in Event 2.

“Some thoughts on the prevalence of pec tears/injuries in event 2 of crossfit regionals:

Most athletes train on rings hanging from a pullup bar, and set at a comfortable distance (slightly closer together, in order to “ride the straps”).

At regionals, the rings are hung from a greater height. They are also at a fixed width; much closer to a full “cubit” for most athletes, and likely further apart than most people train.

So, we have 2 factors that require athletes to stabilise in a better way.

Add to this the bicep and shoulder fatigue from Event 1, and it might be the case that most of the control of the rings via the humerus is now done by the pec.

My suggestion for athletes competing in the next two weekends is this: try practicing with the longest straps you can set up, and hang your rings further apart, so that your arms do not press into the straps when you dip.

You could just do static holds in the top position and the bottom position, in order to develop some last-minute control without fatiguing yourself too much.

Stay safe out there!” Lucas Parker.

Regionals update: I decided to withdraw from this weekend's competition. Halfway through the first event I started getting dizzy and lightheaded. I felt the distinct urge to sleep. After finishing the event and leaving the floor with assistance from the medical team, I spent about half an hour getting my pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and temperature monitored and back to normal with help from the medical team. After this I observed a very red colour in my urine. In warmup and execution of event 2, my symptoms returned and persisted. This is now becoming a trend for me – this pattern of events has occurred in other crossfit competitions. Based on this, I felt it was unwise and unproductive to continue, this time. Nobody is more disappointed about this than I am! Indeed, I am as perplexed as I am upset. I believe my prep this year was solid, and I felt good in the days and minutes leading up to this "system crash." THANK YOU to the medical staff and volunteers who took care of me and kept me safe. The plan now is to continue recovering, and to pursue further testing and information. I'll post more detailed thoughts in few days. @crossfitgames @crossfitncr @cfviccity @jaktrx @roguefitness @virusintl • 📸: @martsromero

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