Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Weight-Lifting Gains Bring Pains, Too

“A new study finds that from 1990 to 2007, nearly a million Americans wound up in emergency rooms with weight-training injuries and that annual injuries increased more than 48 percent in that period. About 82 percent of the 970,000 people injured were men, according to the study, which appeared in the April issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. (The researchers used information from a national injury surveillance database.) But the annual number of injuries in women increased faster — by 63 percent, compared with 46 percent among men — perhaps because weight training is growing more popular with women. Women were more likely to injure their feet and legs, while men’s injuries were more common in the trunk and hands; men had more sprains and strains, and women had more fractures. “We want people to continue to use weight training as part of their physical routine,” said a co-author of the study, Christy L. Collins, a senior research associate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. But, she added, they ‘should receive proper instruction and use proper techniques for their lifts.’ She added, ‘We want to learn more about these injuries so that we can develop targeted preventive measures.’”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/health/15stat.html?ref=nutrition

1 comment:

Thomas said...

This is the perfect reason for you to stop lifting weights and switch over to bodyweight exercises. Mark Lauren, in his book You Are Your Own Gym, shows you how to design great exercise programs in order to build muscle and tone the body without using weights. He also explains that dangers of lifting weights and explains how many weight training exercises only isolate certain musckes while bodyweight exercises work the whole body while increasing the body's rate of metabolism.