I chose to obtain my CF-L1 certificate for a multitude of reasons. The first reason being…I LOVE CROSSFIT! Even though the learning process can be extremely frustrating at times, I love the challenge, the variety, the community, and lifelong friends I have made there. I also LOVE that I can squat more than my husband, LOL! I can talk about CrossFit at great lengths even though people who balk at it have no desire to hear it. I won’t judge!
Bottom line, CrossFit is fun and takes a lot of dedication and discipline. As with any sport or form of exercise, injuries can incur. Injuries occur for a variety of reasons with CrossFit. Sometimes things happen when learning a new lift or technique or simply when pushing yourself as an athlete. Our bodies are learning something it likely has not been exposed to before. As a result, things can start to hurt especially if improper technique is being used or ego has gotten in the way and too much weight is on that barbell. As a Crossfitter myself, I go to the gym frequently. Repetitive use can lead to sprains and strains or an injury of some sort. I get it! We don’t want anything to keep us out of the gym. Therefore, it is important to address the issue at hand and get you back to full performance.
Now, here’s where it gets a little touchy. Many orthopedists don’t agree with CrossFit as a form of exercise. Why? The typical answer is, they see many patients as a result of CrossFit. But, for arguments sake, how many of us go to the doctor when we feel good?! We don’t. That would be completely pointless. In my opinion, find an activity you enjoy and do it. This beats the odd of long-term disease, such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and/or diabetes. If CrossFit is your jam and it keeps you off the couch, I say go with it. I want to help you feel good doing what you enjoy. Telling a patient to take two weeks off and proceed with caution is like a death sentence to a Crossfitter. Not only that, I can pretty much guarantee that the pain will likely ensue since the pathology was not addressed. It is my mission as an athlete and a physical therapist to bridge the gap between rehab and the gym.
Remember, MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE on so many levels. As a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Athlete and Physical Therapist, I understand the complexity of the lifts, your desire to participate and how to rehab you. So, if you are looking to #findsomeonewhocares, you have come to the right place. I want to see you healthy and strong doing what you love to do!
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