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KCFEndurance WOD: Week 1, set 2
But, I thought CrossFit Was Safe
Many of you probably know that Coach Jeremy is going under the knife today (positive thoughts and prayers appreciated) to have his shoulder repaired. This may cause some to wonder, “If one of the coaches has to get surgery, how safe can this stuff be?”
That’s a valid question, but you have to consider the whole story. I’m going to try to not go off on a freakishly long rant here, but no promises, I get pretty fired up about this subject.
I hope I’m not the first person to break this to you, but LIFE IS DANGEROUS, folks. Every day we step out of bed we expose ourselves to risk of injury and even death. CrossFit is no different in that respect. We do our best to minimize injury risk by providing you the best coaching we can. That’s why we scale workouts. That’s why we tell people to take weight off of their bars. That’s why we use bands or have people do jumping pull-ups. But, just like life, we can not make CrossFit 100% risk-free.
Injuries can and will happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of life. As a physical therapist I can tell you that I have heard of injuries happening from nearly any activity you can imagine. Yes, I do mean any activity.
The injury that happened to Jeremy isn’t a CrossFit injury. I have seen it in probably hundreds of patients, none of them CrossFitters. Jeremy’s injury is due to a multitude of reasons to include: pre-existing issues, less than perfect bar muscle-up technique, pushing hard and chasing performance, unfortunate alignment of the planets and moons. These are all the same reasons that injuries appear in all the other activities of life. We do our best to minimize them, but we live life and we CrossFit with the knowledge that we are exposing ourselves to risk. The only thing that would expose us to even more risk would be to sit on our couches and do nothing.
We wish nothing but the best for Coach Jeremy and we look forward to seeing him back in the box soon.