With the CrossFit Games all wrapped up for this year at the time of writing this, some of you reading this may be inspired be these phenomenal athletes (I know I always am). Early on in the sport's development, there was definitely a stigma or a outside, inexperienced viewer who would think that this sport is dangerous. In fact, there is still some reproach by some (including in the medical field) who feel that this sport leads to significant injury or early bodily breakdown compared to other sports.
I am here to say that, like all other sports, there is SOME presence and risk of injury but much less than you would think. People who compete in this sport, especially at the highest levels, are the seriously the fittest and most versatile people in sports and are able to tackle most or all challenges thrown at them. Being smart about your training, having the appropriate guidance, and knowing what you are doing will get you where you need to go.
If you wish to limit potential injuries (just like with all forms of exercise), there are certain tips I tend to advise my athletes to follow. But before we get into that, let’s take a deeper look at this phenomenon known as CrossFit, shall we?