Is CrossFit that bad? Ten years ago when I was in PT school my answer would have been a vehement, YES! Now, as an older, wiser and practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy who has participated in CrossFit since 2015, the answer is a hard NO.
The risk of being injured participating in CrossFit is no different than going out for a run, enjoying your favorite local Globo Gym, playing with you children, etc. Nothing is without risk. PT colleagues, chiropractors and other healthcare providers cite research performed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) showing that injuries and CrossFit go together like peanut butter and jelly.
A recent ruling, 4DEC19, awarded CrossFit, Inc. a huge win regarding said “research”. It was proved that the NSCA had published a study which contained “false and fabricated data” regarding CrossFit’s injury rates. Read more about it here.
There is no added risk for participating in CrossFit…there, I said it.
CrossFit does a much better job at exposing movement deficits and compensatory movement patterns faster than any amount of running, lifting, etc. ever could. I feel that THIS is where CrossFit owners, coaches, trainers and athletes could do a better job. Being a CrossFit Athlete requires a lot of self-awareness and being honest with one’s self. Unfortunately, this results more in a level of subjective objectivity when it comes to banging out a few extra reps, rounds or attempting a new PR. Most people know when something is wrong in their body or when a tissue is becoming progressively irritated but what I’ve observed in the CrossFit community is that many Athletes are willing to overlook these chronic aches and pains in order to continue to punish themselves with the next workout.
Coaches, this is where you come in;
1. Emphasize biomechanical prerequisites for a movement.
2. Recognize the biomechanical faults.
3. Fix the biomechanical faults.