In a new study, researchers found that some popular workouts may increase people’s risk of injury, especially in the knees and shoulders.
The research was conducted by a team from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
The workouts in the study are high-intensity interval training exercises.
They combine strength training, aerobic exercising, and calisthenics at maximum capacity. People have short breaks during the exercise for recovery.
High-intensity interval training has become very popular for more than 10 years. The idea is to get fitness effectively while saving time.
Previous research has shown that this type of exercise can bring many health benefits, including improving heart health, boosting energy, and protecting muscle mass from weight loss.
For example, one study showed that high-intensity interval training could effectively stop aging at the cellular level.
However, the current study found that such workouts could increase injury risk.
This is because many people who perform the exercise do not have the flexibility, mobility, core strength, and muscles to perform these exercises.
The team analyzed records in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2007 through 2016.
They found 3,988,902 injuries resulting from exercise equipment, such as barbells, kettlebells, and boxes.
Some injuries were from calisthenics, such as burpees, push-ups, and lunges.
In addition, most injuries involved knees, ankles, and shoulders and occurred in white men ages 20 to 39.
The researchers also found that there was a steady increase of about 50,944 injuries every year.
During this decade, they found a big increase in nerve damage, internal organ injuries, concussions, and strains as well as sprains.
Many people who perform these workouts without supervision have a higher risk of injury from poor form and muscle overuse.
The team suggests that these injuries can lead to osteoarthritis.
To help people new in exercise prevent such injuries, the team suggests that they should talk with their doctors first.
More experienced athletes should learn how to minimize preventable injuries.
All people doing the workouts need to understand their pre-existing conditions and physical weaknesses that may predispose them to injury.
The researchers also suggest people should improve their body flexibility before starting high-intensity interval exercises.
The lead author of the study is Joseph Ippolito, a physician in the orthopedics department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
The study is published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.
Copyright © 2019 Knowridge Science Report. All rights reserved.