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CrossFit is sweeping the nation. Gyms are popping up all over cities and urban areas. This high intensity fitness program incorporates elements fromseveral sportsand typesofexercise, including aspects of gymnastics, weight lifting, running and rowing. The community that arises when people do these high intensity exercises together is a large reason why CrossFit is so effective. As the popularity of this fitness program rises, so do the number of injuries. It is important to realize that CrossFit isn’t the problem. The issues occur when an athlete is performing exercises that are too difficult for their ability or when an exercise is performed incorrectly. This can happen when our bodies are too stiff, too flexible, or too weak. Every gym should have a CrossFit coach. A good coach can modify exercises and make accommodations to allow an athlete to be sufficiently — but safely — challenged. If athletes develop issues that cannot be remedied in the gym, a physical therapist is the perfect professional to help with these issues. A physical therapist is one of the few professionals in the medical community that won’t tell an athlete they need to give up a sport they love. Instead, they provide valuable insight and information to help athletes better understand how their bodies can perform better in these conditions. A proper movement assessment will provide valuable information on CROSSFIT & PHYSICAL THERAPY Helpful attitude and flexibility! “I really appreciated everyone’s helpful attitude and flexibility.” - Carol P. I felt well cared for! “I felt well cared for concerning my condition.” - Mary M. I received excellent services! “I received excellent services from friendly, professional staff, who answered any questions I had and offered personal advice. They were attentive to my needs and gave a variety of ways to do my exercises to gain the same effect as the original exercises.” - Janet G.

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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how muscle lengths and strengths can impact the performance of an exercise in a CrossFit class. If ideal movement of an exercise cannot be achieved through remedial exercises, a physical therapist can help an athlete make modifications to decrease stress across the tissue. For example, if an athlete is struggling with getting in to a full squat because of a past ankle surgery, a heel lift can be added to the shoe to promote better alignment and decrease stress across the joint. The risk of musculoskeletal injuries increases as the intensity of an exercise program increases. Understanding your body and the types of stresses that are placed on it can be helpful at decreasing those risks. A physical therapist is the perfect “movement specialist” that can help an individual be successful at these higher intensity exercise routines such as CrossFit. - Lesley Turner PT, DPT

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