The following post was originally posted by Freddy Camacho of CrossFit One World on July 18th, 2012. In it, Freddy talks about something that’s slightly taboo to talk about at times – getting injured. Bottom line is this – you’re going to experience pain, soreness, and *gasp* maybe even an injury doing CrossFit. The key is to learn how to deal with these things and keep getting into the gym.
Dealing With Injuries
By Freddy Camacho
During my last event at the 2012 CrossFit Games (max muscle-ups in 2 minutes), I injured one of the muscles in my upper back. My best guess is that I pulled/strained the teres major. It felt horrible at the time. I actually felt like someone shot me. There was no way I was able to get another muscle-up. My CrossFit Games were over in the blink of an eye. It’s a few days later and I can move my arm over my head again with little pain, but it still feels like someone smacked my lat with a baseball bat.
Injuries happen, especially if you are training hard. If someone tells you that CrossFit is totally safe and that injuries “from CrossFit” are rare, they are blowing smoke up your ass. You are pushing yourself hard on a day to day basis. Couple that with the fact that we are all trying to perfect our movement, but we simply aren’t always moving well. It is a recipe for injury. Plus, there are just those days when weird shit happens and the next thing you know, you are in the arena at the CrossFit Games doubled over in pain.
Let’s get past a simple truth. If you do CrossFit for any significant period of time, you are going to suffer from an injury at some point. It’s no different from any other training regimen. Introduce me to a powerlifter, an Olympic weightlifter, a gymnast, a martial artist, a football player, a marathon runner, ANY ATHLETE WHATSOVER, who has never been injured doing their thing, and I will tell them straight to their face that they don’t train hard.
So now you know the dirty truth. You are going to get injured at some point. It’s what you do after you get injured that matters. So many people use an injury as an excuse to give up training entirely. I can’t think of any worse road to travel…. If you are “The One,” an injury is nothing but a minor glitch in your training. You work around an injury. I had all kinds of injuries last year. I worked around each one. I made it to the CrossFit Games.
You may not be training for the CrossFit Games, but you are still in the same boat as I am. You are training because you want to live a healthier longer life. I’ll deal with small injuries now rather than spend my retirement years medicated and at the mercy of weekly doctor appointments.
If you have an injury, don’t stop training and don’t ignore it. Hit me up, and we will figure out the best path to keep you in the gym.
Workout of the Day 7/20/2012
7 Deadlift (315#/205#)
14 Pistols (alternating legs)
21 Double Unders