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Old 09-26-2008, 05:34 PM   #21
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Re: More injuries in crossfit than in other fittness programs?

If folks are going to compare injury rates between CrossFitters and non-CrossFitters, they ought to consider that CF tends to self-select for those that really love going hard.

I suspect the people that have gravitated into CF are generally the ones who trained harder (and probably had more injuries due to that alone) than the ones who are doing 2 sets of 8 on each of 12 machines, at the same weight, for the 200th workout day in a row.

Selection bias will get you in 99% of uncontrolled studies.

(And 75.91% of all statistics quoted on the internet are made up on the spot . . . )
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:49 PM   #22
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Re: More injuries in crossfit than in other fittness programs?

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Yes, exactly. It's Risk vs. Reward, like investing or business. If you want big fitness gains, you have to up the intensity, and with increased intensity comes increased risk of injury.

It's absolutely worth it to me, and probably to everyone else on this site. . . .
I second this. Crossfit is all about pushing your limits; with weight, with work capacity, with endurance. Even properly coached (which many people are not, especially when they first start to dabble) that WILL lead to more injuries than 20 minutes on an elliptical, but we clearly feel it's worth the risk.

As for self selection of hard chargers, that's only true for some. Many people that do crossfit never worked out hard and only work hard now because crossfit has made them realize that they CAN be athletic, and that with this program they WILL make dramatic, measurable, improvements.
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:58 PM   #23
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Re: More injuries in crossfit than in other fittness programs?

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LOL, just had a personal illustration of this today. Did the MU workout in my garage. Then I decided to go up to the YMCA and get a little extra work in. Was in a rush, and when I opened my SUV door I banged it into my forehead and cut myself. 6 stitches. Crossfit is dangerous!
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:24 PM   #24
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Re: More injuries in crossfit than in other fittness programs?

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LOL, just had a personal illustration of this today. Did the MU workout in my garage. Then I decided to go up to the YMCA and get a little extra work in. Was in a rush, and when I opened my SUV door I banged it into my forehead and cut myself. 6 stitches. Crossfit is dangerous!
haha, yeah, you gotta be careful in that 5-10 minute post workout phase when your muscles don't really work right and your brain just doesn't seem to have gotten it's fair share of oxygen . . .
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