Quite a prominent doctor too, it's a nice read to open the mind up a little about this exposure on cross fit.
Indeed it is a specialised sport on its own so it does have it's own impact on an athlete, just like any other sports really. Interesting. Enjoy~
An Interview with Dr. Stuart McGill05/11/15
Here's what you need to know...
- CrossFit is the fastest growing fitness pursuit, but some of the things participants do are questionable from a health standpoint.
- According to Dr. Stuart McGill, the spine is most at risk when it's flexed and loaded with high compression and when it extends while still bearing the high compression.
- Fatigue from heavy, high-rep lifts can cause deterioration of lifting form leading to a higher incidence of disc bulges and herniation.
- Dr. McGill says CrossFit could improve by making a few simple changes, like decreasing the number of reps required on Olympic lifts.
The Fittest on Earth... For a Year
Like it or not, CrossFit is here to stay, and in a big way. With over 10,000 CrossFit facilities and counting, it's become the household name in fitness.
And every year the CrossFit Games brings in hundreds of thousands of competitors to determine who "the fittest on earth" will be.
So what's next for CrossFit? Maybe cleaning up some of the issues that will make fittest-on-earth contenders debilitated-for-life later on down the road.
Notes From A Physical Therapist
As a sports performance physical therapist, CrossFit has been on my professional radar for years. Both CrossFit athletes and facilities have sought my services.
One of the biggest misconceptions I hear is that all CrossFit athletes are chronically sidelined with debilitating injuries. This isn't accurate and the reason for the spike in physical therapy may surprise you.
Good physical therapists are movement specialists and coaches above all else. The focus in my professional work with high-level athletics such as CrossFit has gravitated more towards injury prevention and pre-habilitation than traditional rehab.
Screening, evaluating, and preventing future injuries makes up a majority of my cases with CrossFit athletes over the past few years. Just as with any other competitive sport, there will always be an influx of chronic and traumatic injuries. That's part of the game.
Does CrossFit Hurt People?
I only have so much anecdotal evidence behind my claims that CrossFit may be one of the most debilitating forms of training.
While research is incomplete, it's important to justify or refute these claims regarding CrossFit-specific injury rates as the world's fastest growing athletic specialty continues to grow.
This is a tall task. To set the record straight, I spoke with one of the top thinkers in biomechanics to get his perspective on CrossFit.
Insights From Dr. Stuart McGillDr. Stuart McGill is considered one of the world's top spinal specialists and researchers.
He's been sought out by corporations, the government, elite athletes, and professional sports teams for his expertise in injury prevention, programming, and rehabilitation.
Related: Back to McGillDr. McGill has made enough groundbreaking advancements in his field to carry an opinion backed by science that speaks volumes.
I had the chance to get his take on CrossFit. Here's what he had to say.
Dr. Rusin: Is CrossFit inherently dangerous?
Dr. Rusin: What can the average CrossFit coach without a strong background and focus on the Olympic lifts do to identify at-risk athletes while also keeping their clients and athletes safe?
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Dr. Rusin: So CrossFit-specific programming can be risky for lower back health. By now, don't coaches and programing coordinators over at the CrossFit HQ know this?
Related: Does CrossFit Lead to Injury?
Dr. Rusin: What would you do if you could run CrossFit for a day?
So we have a list of things that you would omit from CrossFit-style programming. Are there any additions that you'd like to see in CrossFit?
Related: The Future of CrossFit TrainingDr. Rusin: That is one of the biggest misconceptions I see all over the fitness industry: the assumption that overly hard training methodology that routinely puts an athlete into the ground will produce optimal results when compared to more intelligently and goal-oriented programming.
There's a big difference between programming a movement to be "hard" and programming to be "challenging."