Is CrossFit Really “Dangerous?”

NSCA settles in CrossFit Lawsuit

Ever wonder where this myth came from: “CrossFit is dangerous and will hurt you.” We’ve all had friends and family give us this warning. …But how much truth is really behind it?

It comes from a feud of 2 fitness governing bodies: The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and CrossFit headquarters. The NSCA has been the gold standard to certifying personal trainers, and has long taught that you can do strength training or conditioning, but not both at the same time like CrossFit has taught.

The NSCA published a now famous 2013 study on injury rate of CrossFit training in which the NSCA claimed CrossFit is “dangerous” by resulting in high injury rate. The results of this study have now been determined by a Judge to be false, however this myth remains in many people’s beliefs.

Published in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the article, “Crossfit-Based High-Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition” (retracted) falsely claimed 16 percent of sampled CrossFit participants were injured in a training study (known as the Devor Study).

As a side note: let’s ask ourselves, “What is considered a HIGH injury rate for a sport?” According to a 1992 study, up to 75 percent of runners will endure an injury to the point of forced time off. That’s right, we’ve known this for decades and yet it hasn’t stopped people from running. Actually, quite the opposite. Compare that to the 16 percent injury rate the NSCA is claiming as “dangerous.”

Not surprisingly, CrossFit Headquarters then sued the NSCA claiming false advertising and defamation.

“[T]he evidence now before the court could reasonably support the inference that the injury data were false and—worse—that the NSCA knew they were false and published them anyway in an attempt to protect its position in the market,” the judge said.

This is what started the multi-year legal battle between the two companies.

As of Thursday, November 29, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) voluntarily withdrew their defamation suit again CrossFit.

So what happens next? That is to be determined, but for now CrossFit headquarters has seemingly come out of this as the victor… except it’s left a mess for each CrossFit box owner and their communities to help rebuild the reputation and erase the myth that CrossFit is “dangerous.”

The truth is that this style of cross-training has proven wildly successful, eliminating the needs for many different kinds of medications from anti-anxiety/depression to blood pressure. This training when performed consistently has also shown effective for decreasing or elimination symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease and rapid weight loss to help fight the obesity epidemic.

CrossFit targets what it calls the major components of physical fitness: cardiorespiratory fitness, stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. Training the CrossFit way requires you to work out 3 to 5 days per week. (WebMD)

Since each CrossFit gym (or box) is privately run, it’s recommended that you find one with a trainer and community that fits your needs. At EDX CrossFit, not only do we have a 0 percent injury rate (you read that right), you’ll find top-level experienced and knowledgeable fitness professionals to help you on your journey.

The proof is in the pudding. To get started, book a free trial class today!

By |2018-12-03T22:49:09+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Coaches Corner|