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Studies Show An Increase In Gym Injuries

| Feb 2, 2016 | Injuries

We are only one month into 2016 and for most of us getting into shape is one of the goals for this year. Part of getting into shape is getting to the gym and lifting those weights and introducing cardio into our exercise regime. Whatever your fitness goals, getting injured surely isn’t one of them. But according to a study from the University of Arkansas, there has been a 35 percent increase in gym injuries in recent years. As mentioned above, there is research that shows an increase in gym injuries and even treadmill injuries as shown below.

Injuries associated with treadmills seen in hospital emergency departments (ED)

Year     Number of Injuries

2014 24,400

2013         23,900

2012 24,600

Almost 460,000 people were sent to the hospital in 2012 for injuries related to exercise equipment, according to the agency’s data. The vast majority-nearly 428,000 were treated and released for their injuries-but about 32,000 were hospitalized or were dead on arrival. Treadmill injuries included broken bones, abrasions, rectal bleeding and people developing chest pain while working out on the machines, according to a review of the CPSC data base system.

General Gym Accident Statistics:

  • A study published in 2013 states that there is a rate of 3.1 injuries for every 1,000 hours spent doing CrossFit training.
  • Between May 2011 and November 2012, one Salt Lake City hospital treated 52 people who were injured at local jump gyms and required more than one medical visit.
  • Every day, there are more than 10,000 people treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries stemming from sports, recreation, and exercise.

While gyms owe a duty of care to all members and visitors to not be negligent and keep them relatively safe from any foreseeable injuries, gyms don’t always take the requisite measures to prevent accidents from occurring. So can you sue your gym if you’re injured on the premises? Contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation. (850)659-2252






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