5 Common Injuries to be Aware of When Going to the Gym

5 Common Injuries to be Aware of When Going to the Gym

When you are trying to meet your fitness aspirations, the last you want is an injury. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for newbies, as well as professional bodybuilders, to end up with workout injuries. Here are 5 common injuries that occur in the gym, and how you can prevent them.

Wrist Injury

Almost every pushing/pulling workout places stress on the wrists. The wrist is made up of 8 very small carpal bones. CTS or carpal tunnel syndrome is a common injury that can occur while working out in a gym. It happens when the median nerve, starting from the top of the arm and ending at the palm, is stressed. Keep in mind that if you get this injury once, you’ll experience wrist pain every single time you are lifting weights. You can avoid CTS by including a wrist exercise in your pre-workout flexibility training. Wrist-supporting gloves may also help.

Ankle Sprain

This is a very common workout injury that occurs in the gym. It generally occurs while performing lunges or calf-muscle exercises. Even when you are working out on a treadmill, a minor careless move may result in an ankle sprain. You can easily prevent this injury by being cautious and focused.

IT Band Injury

The IT band refers to the thick fibres that start at the hips, connecting knee and thigh, and go up to the Shinbone. If the IT band gets too tight, it can result in pain and swelling around the knee. Cyclists and runners are most likely to get IT band syndrome. The knee has a fluid which is referred to as “Bursa.” This keeps the knees and the IT band lubricated. Skipping stretching after workout, warmup before workout, not taking a break between sets, and wearing uncomfortable shoes can lead to this injury.

Patellofemoral Syndrome

All workouts which put stress on your knees can lead to patellofemoral syndrome. Some workouts like jumping, squatting, lunges, deadlifting, and treadmill running may lead to patellofemoral syndrome. In certain cases, a surgery is required to treat this injury but generally, it gets healed itself if proper care is taken. This includes drinking a lot of water and resting. One of the major causes of patellofemoral syndrome is non-flexible knees.

Glenoid Labrum (Shoulder Joint Tear)

Shoulder joint or glenoid labrum refers to the bundle of fibrocartilage running around the wing bone or scapula which is fitted in the upper arm bone. It increases the shoulder’s surface and reinforces the glenoid cavity. The most common reason for shoulder dislocation is outstretched arms. After a tear has occurred, the labrum does not heal itself. A surgery is required to repair the labrum tissue. So, if you happen to experience strong pain in your shoulders after/during a shoulder workout, make sure to consult your physician or trainer immediately.

So, if you’re going to be visiting the gym regularly (or you already do) make sure that you know of the different injuries that can occur and how you can prevent them by learning proper form and technique. Make sure to rest to give your muscles a break and drink plenty of water to maximize rest and muscle recovery.