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Monday, July 26, 2010

Beware. Weight training injuries on the rise.

Here at Jungle Miami, we lift heavy Kettlebells. We believe both men and women should lift large objects because it is just good for you. It increases bone density, muscle strength, ligament and tendon strength, metabolism, and much more. But as much as it is vital to humans to regularly do strength or resistance training, it is as important to go about it very carefully, because if done improperly, some of the injuries resulting from this type of training could impair someone for a long period of time or land a person on a surgeon's table.

A friend once told me, "Quick feet are happy feet!" He was referring to when I drop the Kettlebell, and he was right. Read the post below and feel free to share your thoughts on this or any other subject that may be of interest to you.

Weight-Lifting Gains Bring Pains, Too

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Published: June 14, 2010

More and more people are lifting weights these days — and sometimes dropping them where they shouldn't.

A new study finds that from 1990 to 2007, nearly a million Americans wound up in emergency rooms with weight-training injuries and that annual injuries increased more than 48 percent in that period.

About 82 percent of the 970,000 people injured were men, according to the study, which appeared in the April issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. (The researchers used information from a national injury surveillance database.) But the annual number of injuries in women increased faster — by 63 percent, compared with 46 percent among men — perhaps because weight training is growing more popular with women.

Women were more likely to injure their feet and legs, while men’s injuries were more common in the trunk and hands; men had more sprains and strains, and women had more fractures.

People were most often injured by dropping weights on themselves, crushing a body part between weights or hitting themselves with the equipment. Overexertion, muscle pulls and loss of balance accounted for about 14 percent of emergency room visits. More than 90 percent of the injuries occurred during use of free weights rather than weight machines.

Under 2 percent of the injuries resulted in hospitalization, but a few were fatal: the researchers estimate that 114 deaths nationwide were related to weight training over the 18-year period.

Estimates of the number of people who use weights vary, but according to the National Sporting Goods Association, a trade group, 34.5 million people participated in weight training in 2009.

“We want people to continue to use weight training as part of their physical routine,” said a co-author of the study, Christy L. Collins, a senior research associate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. But, she added, they “should receive proper instruction and use proper techniques for their lifts.”

She added, “We want to learn more about these injuries so that we can develop targeted preventive measures.”

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A version of this article appeared in print on June 15, 2010, on page D7 of the New York edition

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