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The Sports Medicine Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is seeing an increased number of patients with injuries sustained from high intensity exercises such as crossfit.
“I see multiple patients a week with injuries sustained from these types of exercises,” says Kareem Shaarawy, MD, sports medicine physician at St. Joseph’s. “The injuries are varied and have included meniscus tears and stress fractures from the high impact exercise.”
The high intensity and short workouts often mix aerobic exercises with Olympic weightlifting, and other training exercises such as kettlebells, and rope climbs. Doctors warn that many of these types of fitness plans may not be for everyone.
“An average person who does not have weight lifting experience should not be lifting large weights at a high intensity level right away,” says Dr. Shaarawy. “Too much focus on the high frequency of reps rather than proper form can cause injuries in someone who is not a seasoned athlete. Although there are good elements to these types of exercises such as interval training, it’s very important to start off slow before ramping-up into high levels.”
Dr. Shaarawy recommends the following tips for remaining injury free while doing high impact exercises.
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