Last Updated 11th August 2016: Getting injured in the gym is a pain! Can’t train properly and you feel like cr*p too. We decided to do some research on the most common injures in the gym. As you can probably guess most of these are down to poor form! To prevent these injuries you can also use our gym accessories, this reduces the risk of almost halve of these injuries. INFO-GRAPHIC BELOW:
So there you have it, the most commonly injured body parts in the gym. Most of these aren’t really surprising. Remember to warm up and stretch before lifting and ensure you have a number of warm up sets before going heavy, also utilise wraps, straps and other accessories where you need to, this can prevent injury.
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Knee injuries – Most commonly occur when squatting or deadlifting heavy with incorrect form. Can be prevented by improving form before going heavy on an exercise.
Lower back pain – This injury occurs when overusing of muscles into the back or failure to properly warm up the lumbar spine before beginning lifting.
Sprained ankles – Commonly injured during cardio, pain is usually sharp and the injury can last from a few days to a couple of months for more serious ligament damage.
General muscle pulls and strains – Writing this article I’ve experienced a mid back strain. These are common in the gym and are usually due to sudden movements / lack of warm up or external factors, such as sitting all day before going to the gym. Not as painful or serious as a muscle tear but will take you out of the gym from 2-3 days to maybe 2-3 weeks.
Shin splints – Common in runners rather than gym rats, but can be seen during squats. This is a soft tissue injury in the lower shin. Most commonly seen in athletes that train 7+ times a week.
Wrist Sprains – caused by incorrect bench or push exercise technique. The easiest way to resolve this? Simply pick up some wrist wraps from the store!
Neck Injuries – Background causes usually play a big role in this. For example if you have a sedimentary job and then train hard in the gym, you will probably feel extremely stiff in the traps and neck region.
Tendonitis– Pain that can occur in any joint. Commonly seen in the elbow, ankle, wrist and knee joints.
Pectoral tears – Caused by a sudden high force going through a particular pectoral muscle. Commonly seen in the bench press.