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Injuries

The practice of any sport led to high performance is likely to cause injuries. CrossFit is not the only one nor is it an exception. In this article we show you the three most frequent injuries in CrossFit and how to prevent them. What is the incidence of injuries in CrossFit? In a study published a few months ago in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3049 CrossFit practitioners were followed up.

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I think we all agree that before training you have to perform an effective warm-up to prepare the body both physically and psychologically. But do we know how to heat properly? We usually have a problem with the warming and it is that either we do not know very well how to do it and we tend to imitate what the rest does or if we do it we do it quickly and without much interest, as if it were a procedure that we must overcome as soon as possible.

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After having presented the topic and expose separately from the therapeutic application of cold and heat, it is time to clarify a very frequent question that we have all asked ourselves: how to know if you have to apply cold or heat to treat an injury? In general, there are injuries that improve with cold, others, with heat, and in other cases both techniques can be beneficial.

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All of us feel pain sometime in our lives to a greater or lesser extent. Some of us feel pain very punctually, while others live with pain more regularly. Athletes are one of the groups that most often have to live with pain on a regular and even constant basis.

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Backaches are some of the most annoying, but also the most common that we can feel. Given these pains, some caused by bad postures, repetitive movements, etc., we usually resort to simple remedies such as applying heat, correcting the posture or, if the pain does not remit, go to a physiotherapist's office.

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The bars when doing dominated but also the ground if we fall and slide on it are two moments in which we can suffer burns caused by friction (instead of heat) when we train in the gym. This type of wounds can also be suffered outdoors, running on artificial grass or running track.

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If you are not a runner - or a regular athlete - and you just started to go jogging, it is more than likely that you have never heard of pubalgia. However, it is an injury that we must know and take into account since it is more common than we might think. It is a much more frequent type of injury in men that occurs not only in runners, but also in soccer players, people who practice CrossFit or rugby players.

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If, on occasion, you have felt a lot of pain in the wrists so that you had difficulties to play sports, put your hands on the floor or even say hello, it is possible that someone told you that you had "the open wrist". This is a common terminology that, although it describes the discomfort it feels well, does not just explain what exactly happens to us.

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The blisters can appear at any time of the year because of an inappropriate footwear, a badly placed sock or a scratch that ends up causing us the appearance of these discomforts in the feet. However, in summer it almost seems that they leave more regularly. The rubbing of sandals, or of inappropriate flip-flops, coupled with heat and sweat, are risk factors for the appearance of these blisters.

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The knees are usually one of the most fragile parts of the body when we talk about athletes, especially in some sports such as running, cycling or football, where it is common for people who practice them to suffer some injury to this joint. When it comes to preventing injuries to the knees, both proprioception work and strength training to reinforce, regardless of the redundancy, the muscles surrounding this joint are key.

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The incidence of sports injuries is common in all sports and at all levels, no matter if you are professional or amateur. Nor does it matter if you have been exercising for a long or short time: the possibility of having an injury is there. And in the recovery of the injury not only influences the physical aspect, but also the psychological one.

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