CrossFit Injuries

What Every PT Must Know About CrossFit Injuries

CrossFit Injuries

The jury is out in the physical therapy world as to whether we should “love to hate” or “hate to love” the CrossFitter. No matter which way you look at it, CrossFit injuries are keeping many physical therapists in business.

Regardless of your stance, CrossFit doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Therefore, it is essential to have some foundational knowledge about how to treat these athletes effectively.

If your current treatment style for the CrossFitter is to tell them to stop any and all CrossFit activity, I beg you to keep reading. CrosssFitters will NOT buy into you as a movement expert or as a PT.

Emotions regarding CrossFit aside, I think we can all agree that keeping people active and moving is essential for positive adaptations in patients’ neurological, emotional, and physical well-being.

Therefore, we cannot always tell these clients to rest. They simply won’t.

You can build a business around CrossFit injuries

CrossFit patients are willing to do anything and everything you tell them to get better. When you truly address their injuries, they will send their friends back to you in droves. CrossFit can be a wonderful niche, and you can even build a successful cash pay business around these patients, if you’re smart about it.

This population is motivated and informed, and they expect you to be the same. We are, after all, functional movement experts.

Here are some common pain patterns you may expect to see in the CrossFit population, as well as a little bit of insight about the biomechanical faults that cause them.

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About Genevieve Gyulavary

Genevieve Gyulavary
Crossfitter. NASM certified personal trainer. Licensed physical therapist. DPT. Functional movement screen certified. Passion for functional fitness, wellness, health, and rehab. Insta: genevievegg

One comment

  1. CJ DePalma

    I think your correctives are great and all other pieces of this article are well written and thought out…

    but Your first statement of Knees over toes is false is poor… Please show me any high level weightlifter or crossfit athlete that Squats with a vertical shin successfully

    When the shins are more vertical your torso will be more forward due to Center of gravity shift.

    in your pictures of front rack mobility, your good mechanics pictures you can see that your knees are over your toes, because you have to have an upright torso to front squat and in the poor pictures your torso is forward and your elbows are down.

    This picture shoes that bar placement determines torso angle

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