Are you hitting up the gym trying to get your beach body looking the best it can be?
If you are, then you need to be aware of some of the most common injuries associated with weight lifting.
The first thing you should know is that pain is the enemy. Pain is your body telling you that something is wrong. You need to listen to your body and stop whatever lifting exercise you’re doing right away.
Pain and weight lifting injuries usually occur for a variety of reasons. It could be that you’re lifting improperly, you’re overworking your muscles or you’re trying to lift too much weight too soon. With this in mind, here are some of the most common injuries associated with weight lifting.
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – This injury usually occurs when you’re doing any kind of overheard exercises like the bench press or shoulder press. It presents as pain in the front of your shoulder and the side of your upper arm.
- Rotator Cuff Tear – Like shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tears usually occur when you are doing overheard exercises. The difference is that a tear is a much more serious injury. It causes intense pain and a weakness in the arm. Physical therapy is necessary to heal it, but surgery may be needed as well.
- Herniated Disk – As I shared in an earlier post, herniated disks occur when the “cushions” between the vertebrae in the back slip out or rupture. It usually occurs when you are doing exercises that involve the back muscles like dead lifts.
- Patellar Tendonitis – When your quadriceps are too tight or overused, it causes too much stress on the kneecap and causes this inflammation. Any exercises involving the legs like squats and lunges can result in this injury.
- Back Strains/Sprains – These are very common since most weight lifting exercises utilize the muscles in the back. Pain, swelling and problems with movement are common symptoms of these types of injuries.