Weight Training Injuries Up 50 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 30 (UPI) — There has been an increase of injuries due to weight training of nearly 50 percent during an 18-year study period, U.S. researchers said.

Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found more than 970,000 weight-training-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments between 1990 and 2007.

The study, published online in advance of print in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, found those under the age of 24 had the largest proportion of injuries and were usually injured when using free weights.

However, the largest increase in the incidence of injuries occurred among those age 45 and older. People age 55 and older were more likely injured using weight-training machines.

“Before beginning a weight training program, it is important that people of all ages consult with a health professional, such as a doctor or athletic trainer, to create a safe training program based on their age and capabilities,” study author Dawn Comstock said in a statement.

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