Thursday 131003

7 Rounds for time:
7 Clean & jerks 115#(75#)
7 Burpee box jumps 24″(20″)

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Not CrossFitting has it’s risks too.


CrossFit: WOD at your own risk. By Courtney Shepherd

Over the past several weeks there has been a lot of press circulating around in regards to an article titled “CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret” (click here for full article). I promise I will not spend the rest of this WOD blog beating that dead horse. Instead I want to address the idea of risk associated with recreational activity. Mike Ray, owner of CrossFit Flagstaff, staff member for CrossFit Headquarters, and an emergency room physician, wrote an amazing response to the aforementioned article, which I highly recommend you read by clicking here. In Mike Ray’s response he discusses risk vs. benefit. There is a risk associated with participating in any sport or recreational past time. That risk exists in varying degrees depending on the sport/ activity and your amount of involvement in it, i.e. professional competitor or weekend warrior. The only way to fully eliminate risk is by not participating in sport or recreational activity, i.e. do nothing. Well if we decide to do nothing then let us now compare the risk of activity vs. the risk of inactivity which can include high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, depression, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, stiff joints, decreased libido, and overall the loss of ability to look like a sexy beast.

I decided to do some research on the interwebs of some of Coloradoans favorite past times and the risk associated with participating in them. This is what I found:

Mountaineering: On average there are 135 accidents/ year, 111 injuries/ years, and 28 fatalities/ year.

Bicycling: In 2011 there were 677 fatalities and 38,000 injuries.

Running/ marathons: Between 2000 and 2009 28 people died in the US while running a marathon. The death rate during a marathon event is .75 per 100,000 participants. Runners are more susceptible to overuse injuries including stress fractures, shin splints, plantar fascitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Among recreational and competitive endurance runners between 50-60% sustain an overuse injury during just 1 year of training.

Triathlons: A study done on a five-year training program of 116 tri-athletes ranging from elite to club level found there was a 56-75% chance of an overuse injury. Running accounted for 58-64% of all the injuries with cycling the cause of 16-34%. Swimming with the most minimal cause of injuries.

Skiing/ snowboarding: During the 2010/2011 season 47 fatalities occurred out of 60.5 million ski/ snowboarding area visits. Another way to say that is .78 deaths/ 1,000,000 ski/ snowboarding area visits. In any given year 135,000 medically significant snow sports injuries occur in the US. Another way to say that is 3 injuries/ 1,000 ski/ snowboarding area visits.

I am not bias to any of these sports. My point is not to drive you into or out of the arms of a past time that brings you joy and happiness. My point is merely this, there is risk associated with EVERYTHING that you do. From driving a car, to working out, to sitting on your couch eating bon bons. You have to make your own decision about how much risk you are willing to accept in your daily activities. CrossFit comes with risk. You do gymnastics work that requires you to swing from rings above the ground. You move heavy weights over the level of your head. For some people this may not sound like fun, in which case CrossFit may not be for you. You can go hit up a Zumba class, just know there is a risk there too. A NY Times article stated “Ankle sprains, hamstring injuries, muscle spasms, and calf injuries are the most common Zumba-related injuries. . . The brief warm-ups and lateral movements in Zumba can create conditions of instability.” Do what makes you happy and keeps you healthy and active, risk shmisk. For those of you who have not just chosen CrossFit has a way to be healthy and active but have chosen it as your competitive sport, like any competitive athlete your level of risk for injury has increased, accept it and WOD accordingly.

*I did not post the numerous websites all the above information came from. If you have lost site of the whole point of the blog and have instead chosen to focus on these numbers and require knowledge of their validity please email me and I will promptly send them to you.


  1. Charles :

    So now that i am a worthless 1/2 cripple i feel like you snuck into my apartment and took this picture of me. But obviously i wouldnt shave my beard…

  2. James (O.G.) :

    I think its legit to just cite, “The Internet, 2013.” That’s how we learned it in law school.

  3. emily :

    It’s called accountability and responsibility people. Thanks for the info Courtney!

  4. Julia :

    As an ER doc myself, I would argue that there IS probably a higher risk of rhabdo with Crossfit than other sports as it usually occurs from short bursts of high-intensity use of isolated muscle groups. Sound familiar? (jumping pull-ups, push-ups, shoulder press, lunges….) It’s important to recognize that in order to prevent it. On the other hand, Crossfit probably carries a much lower risk of concussion and other head injury, fractures, stress-fractures, over-use injuries, drowning, or being hit by a car, than many other sports. Rhabdo is also much more predictable and preventable than most of these. So pick your risk. Be careful, scale back reps when you need to, and you’ll be fine. And wear a helmet when you ski/snowboard/bike/skateboard/climb! 🙂

  5. Singer :

    This is the same argumentative formula that Pro Legalization activists use.

    Strange bedfellows, Crossfit. Straaange bedfellows. 😉

    • emily :

      While I am not clear if your reference to ‘argumentative formula’ is in regard to criticism of Crossfit because of injury or to Courtney’s discussion about knowing your body and your limits; my response will assume you are referring Courtney’s post. The post I read was not an ‘argument’ presented by one of our trainers as an all out, must support Crossfit, and only do Crossfit, because in the world of sport injury statistically fewer injuries result from Crossfit compared to other high risk sports. This interpretation would suggest that it is the best, because, like some supporters of legalization of pot say, it is the lesser of other substance evils. If this is what you are responding to, then I must disagree. In my opinion, the post was an attempt to inform us about the fact that anything we do is risky, and therefore should be approached as such. I do not think that it is correct or appropriate to liken an argument for calculated risk and healthy behavior to an argument for legalizing mind-altering substance. In other words, Crossfit and legalization of marijuana are not ‘strange bed fellows’, as you suggest, and are in fact not even ‘bedfellows’. I am proud of what I have learned and accomplished at this gym and most especially proud to be affiliated with a group of people who believe in health and personal responsibility. I am sure you are as well.

  6. Singer :

    I was going more for a sarcastic edge. I’ll try harder next time.

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