Avoid gym-related injuries with proper training

Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine offer tips to stay healthy when working out.

The gyms are clearing out from the New Year’s Resolution buffs as some have decided to start working out outside in the warmer weather while others have simply given up. For others just realizing swimsuit season is just around the corner, the gym appears on their schedule before heading on summer vacation.

Prior to summer, there are a lot of new gym subscribers looking to get into shape. This means there are a lot of people going to the gym who haven’t worked out in months, maybe years, and some who have simply never worked out. All of this inexperience can lead to a dreadful injury which will ultimately slow your fitness goals and possibly keep you from fun warm-weather activities.

CultureOfSafety.com put together a great infographic about gym-related injuries. Young people, ages 15 to 24, account for over 40 percent of injuries in the gym. This comes as little surprise as this is the larger age group using the gym and many are first-time users.

Other interesting facts are 82 percent of gym injuries that resulted in an ER visit from 1990-2007 were to males, 90 percent of weight lifting injuries were from free weights, and most injuries (nearly 65 percent) were soft tissue injures.

So how can gym users avoid these injuries?

Warming up and stretching before working out will help prevent the soft tissue injuries. Staying hydrated will also keep you from cramping and injuring muscles.

It’s imperative that you check out the equipment and ask questions if you don’t know how to use it. You should make sure the resistance bands and treadmills are safe to use. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff if you have any concerns about the equipment.

One of the most injured body parts is the hand. Dr. David Irvine of Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine treats numerous hand conditions including carpal tunnel, fractures, mallet finger injuries and Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis.

Dr. Irvine is also the premier doctor in St. Louis to treat injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle. He understands your ultimate goal is to get heal as quickly as possible and will use the best methods to get you back in action faster.

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