Dan:

This is CrossFit. A strength and conditioning program that builds muscle strength, physical stamina and flexibility

Speaker 2:

Every time you come to the gym, you’re surrounded by people that support you and you support them and working out becomes fun again.

Dan:

Like a physical workouts, it also comes with risks.

Speaker 2:

We give everyone the tools to be safe. We make sure that they know the movements. That they can complete the movements to the best of their abilities and safely.

Dan:

On January 11th, Kevin Ogar had his spinal cord severed when a barbell fell on his neck during a CrossFit competition in California. Doctor Chris Parchuri is an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. He calls Ogar’s injury a “freak accident” but says he is seeing more patients with CrossFit related injuries.

Dr. Parchuri:

Some of those dangers that occur with CrossFit are due to people using improper form and technique, trying to push themselves too hard or doing too many reps and not properly warming up.

Dan;

Parchuri says most of the injuries are either to the neck and shoulders or lower back. Nearly all of those happen, he says, while lifting weights.

Dr. Parchuri:

When you have a lot of weight that you’re lifting improperly above your head, it can put your spine in a position where it can be severely injured.

Dan:

Parchuri says it’s important to note that none of the injuries he’s seen have required surgery. CrossFit athletes have rallied around Kevin Ogar, holding fundraiser like this to help pay his medical bills. Trainers say it’s important to go slow when you work out, whether it’s CrossFit or something else.

Speaker 2:

Just being conscious of what your body is telling you. Knowing your knees, knowing your limitations is going to help you keep yourself from getting injured.

Dan:

Dan Billings, News on Six.