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Weight-Lifting Injuries on the Rise

More people are weight-lifting to gain muscle than ever
before; women in particular are increasing their participation. According to
the National Sporting Goods Association, 34.5 million Americans participated in
weight training in 2009.

A study that was published in the April issue of The
American Journal of Sports Medicine found that from 1990 to 2007, almost one million
people visited the emergency room due to weight-lifting injuries. Worse, annual
injuries increased more than 48 percent during that period. Incorrect weight
training technique often leads to sprains, strains, fractures, and other
painful injuries to connective tissue, muscle, and joint
capsules.

Weight-Lifting Injury
Statistics

?? 82 percent of weight-lifting injuries happened
to men.

?? The annual number of injuries increased faster
among women than men; 63 percent compared to 46 percent.

?? Women’s injuries were more common in the feet
and legs and were more likely to be fractures.

?? Men’s injuries were more common in the trunk and
hands and were more likely to be sprains and strains.

?? Most weight-lifting injuries were caused by
people dropping weights on themselves, crushing a body part between weights, or
hitting themselves with the equipment.

?? 90 percent of weight-lifting injuries occur
while a person is using free weights rather than weight-lifting machines.

?? Overexertion, muscle pulls, and loss of balance were
responsible for about 14 percent of emergency room visits.

?? Although only two percent of weight-lifting
injuries resulted in hospitalization, there were 114 weight-lifting related deaths
reported during this period.

Weight-Lifting Injury
Prevention

?? Complete a 5 to 10 minute warm-up with
cardio and stretching before starting your weight-lifting session.

?? The number one way to prevent a weight
lifting injury
is to lift with proper technique. When
you are learning to lift weights it is advisable to hire a qualified personal
trainer to help show you the motion and check your form.

?? Complete a full range of motion in a
slow, controlled manner when lifting weights.

?? Start
with weights that you can lift comfortably for 12 to 15

repetitions and increase the weight over time. Remember that even if you don’t
feel that you have maxed out on weight your body will still be reaping the benefits.

?? Don’t forget to breathe; breathe out as
you lift the weight and in as your lower the weight.

?? Aim to work on all the major muscles
over the course of a week such as legs, chest, back and shoulders. Be sure to
strengthen the opposing muscle in a balanced way such as biceps and triceps.

?? Rest your muscles by breaking up muscle
groups into different workouts. For example, working on arms and shoulders on
Mondays, legs on Wednesdays and abdominals on Fridays.

?? Don’t push past your limits. Completing
one set of repetitions to the point of fatigue is enough to tone and gain
muscle strength.

?? If you experience a sharp pain while
lifting, stop the exercise and try again with a lighter weight or in a few
days.

?? Wear running shoes with good traction
to keep you from slipping.

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More people are weight-lifting to gain muscle than ever
before; women in particular are increasing their participation. According to
the National Sporting Goods Association, 34.5 million Americans participated in
weight training in 2009.

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