CrossFit vs Traditional Weights: Injury Report

November 12th, 2019

Likelihood of Injury and Medical Care Between CrossFit and Traditional Weightlifting Participants
SourceOJSM, first published May 7, 2019

Clinical Question: What is the likelihood of self-reported injury and severity in CrossFit and traditional weightlifting?

Bottom Line: In a multivariant logistic regression analysis adjusting for sex and age, injury was 2.26 more likely in CrossFit group.

Points to Consider: This is a level 3, cohort study. There were 411 participants (122 CrossFit, 289 Traditional). It was a questionnaire based study (Do CrossFit athletes report more? Are they more in tune with their injuries? Questions to ponder). In BOTH groups, shoulder injuries were the most common (46.4%), followed by lower back (38.28%) and hip injuries (9.09%).

Takeaway: The CrossFit athletes were more likely to be injured and to seek medical care… despite this finding, the authors found the increased likelihood of injury may have less to do with the actual exercises with CrossFit – instead, it may be more related to the intensity of exercises performed. Rehab and fitness professionals are in a great position to help prevent these injuries through education on intensity and exercise progression. 

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.