This past weekend was the Reebok 2015 CrossFit Games. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir and Ben Smith were named the Fittest Woman and Man on Earth, respectfully! If you aren’t as familiar with CrossFit as some of us here at Frederick Foot & Ankle, just follow along as I break it down.
Over the past few years, CrossFit has grown into a nationwide craze. Basically, CrossFit exercises are daily, high intensity, technical workouts. Each workout of the day (WOD) consists of varied functional movements which are performed at a high intensity pace. WODs are designed to push your body to its limits by enabling you to go as hard and as fast as possible. With this in mind, two images pop into my head: extremely “fit” athletes and extremely “injured” athletes.
Typical CrossFit athletes are extremely competitive, whether they are former college professional athletes and/or driven fitness enthusiasts. Treating CrossFit injuries can be somewhat of a challenge. Many treatment plans include immobility and rest for proper recovery, which is not the typical nature of a CrossFit athlete. CrossFit WODs use an entirely different day-to-day approach than major lifting (deadlifts, cleans, squats), basic gymnastics (pull-ups, push-ups, handstands), and cardio (running, swimming, biking). This means participants are more likely to develop injuries such as stress fractures, ligament sprains, and muscle strains. If you or someone you know is interested in starting a CrossFit regime, don’t hesitate to stop by our office for a foot and ankle examination. We want to make sure your feet are in the best shape before you start your training. We have two offices located in Urbana, MD and Frederick, MD.
By Coralia Terol