How to Avoid Injuries While Weighlifting
Many people injure themselves trying to do too much in the weight room before they are ready, while others have a freak accident that causes a serious injury. What can adults - and kids - do to keep working out without injuries that keep them out of the gym?
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Frequently Asked Questions on Weightlifting Injuries
- +Why is working with a personal trainer important?
-Why is working with a personal trainer important?A personal trainer can help you select the appropriate exercises that are best for you and your goals. Making regular appointments with a trainer can motivate you to get to the gym. It is very easy to talk yourself out of working out, especially after a long day at work and obligations at home. If you pay for sessions with a trainer, you will be more likely to keep the appointment. You might not want to work out, but getting to the gym can be half the battle.
- +Can your technique affect your risk of injury lifting weights?
-Can your technique affect your risk of injury lifting weights?It is critical when you start any new form of exercise that you learn to do the exercises or moves properly. This idea applies to almost any form of exercise – free weights, kettle bells and many more. Don’t start by randomly flailing your arms and legs. Don’t try exercises with no real understanding of proper form. Not only do you miss out on much of the benefit of the exercise, but you risk injury.
- +Should kids lift weights?
-Should kids lift weights?While many people don’t think that it is a good idea for young kids to lift weights, many major medical and sports medicine organizations think it’s acceptable. You should take steps to make sure they do it safely. Kids shouldn’t try to do too much. They should work with a personal training coach to develop an exercise regimen appropriate for their bodies and their goals as well as learn proper techniques. Finally, they should have a spotter present when lifting weights.
- +How can I know if my pain is a sign of a serious injury?
-How can I know if my pain is a sign of a serious injury?Almost everyone who plays team sports or has worked with a fitness trainer has heard the phrase, “no pain, no gain.” Not all muscle, bone or joint pain is benign, however. Some pain can suggest a real injury. Pushing through that pain could make an injury worse, or at least slow its recovery. If pain or other symptoms are limiting your ability to lift weights as well as you would like, it can be worthwhile to go the doctor to have the injury evaluated.