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CrossFit &amp;amp; P90X Injury Prevention
Congrats to Finish Line physical therapist Tom Van Ornum for his recent publication in ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine magazine. Tom’s article, “Goal for Exercise: Know the Limits,” discusses functional ways physical therapists can help CrossFit and P90X participants prevent extreme conditioning injuries.
It’s Memorial Day. Thousands of CrossFit athletes prepare themselves for one of the most grueling workouts of the year, a routine known as “Murph,” in honor of fallen Navy Lt. domain information . Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Today’s workout was one of Murphy’s favorites: a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and a final 1-mile run in as little time as possible.
After these CrossFitters recover from this beating, another notorious workout such as “Grace” – one of a series of benchmark CrossFit routines known as the “Nasty Girls” – might be attempted later in the week: a 135-pound clean-and-jerk performed for 30 reps in as little time as possible.
Elsewhere, participants of the P90X program push their own physical limits with grueling – and often timed – circuits consisting of high-intensity bodyweight and resisted exercises that push maximal repetitions multiple days each week.
Routines like these offer a challenging and functional deviation from the open-chain and Nautilus-dominated workouts of the past several decades, and millions of participants swear by their effectiveness. However, the surge of injuries associated with these high-intensity groups, or extreme conditioning programs (ECPs), leads many to wonder: are ECPs such as CrossFit and P90X effective forms of training, and are they safe?