Stretching before and after working out is helpful in increasing flexibility, alleviating post-workout soreness and assisting muscles in returning back to their normal length. Lack of stretching can eventually contribute to a variety of common injuries.
Injuries caused by lack of stretching
Some of the most common exercise-related injuries contributed to by lack of stretching include cramps, muscle pulls, tears and strains to the back, knees and shins, calves and ankles. Lack of stretching may also contribute to shoulder and wrist injuries. When doing exercise all participants should plan a warm-up and cool-down period, this should include stretching. As a result, this minimises pressure and the likelihood of injuries.
Other causes of injuries
Injuries like these can, however, also happen when stretching does form part of your normal exercise routine. Common causes of such injuries other than failing to stretch at least after your workout include:
- Unsuitable or incorrectly set up equipment
- Incorrect body form or posture during workouts
- Incorrect use of equipment
- Defective equipment
Preventing injuries by stretching is your own responsibility. Averting gym accidents is also the responsibility of gym owners, who have a legal duty to ensure:
- Gym equipment is regularly maintained in safe, good working order
- Gym users are adequately instructed in the correct use of provided equipment
They are also responsible for ensuring that pathways, gym car parks and interior flooring are kept in a safe condition, dry and clutter-free to prevent injuries from tripping, slipping and falling.
When gym owners fail
If you were injured in a gym accident in the past three years because the owner did nothing to prevent accidents at the gym, you could be entitled to injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to.
We are not a claims management company, but a law firm with a nationwide team of experienced, highly skilled in-house solicitors. This means your claim will be dealt with by our own experts, rather than being passed on to someone else, which in turn means your claim can be dealt with:
- Much quicker
- More effectively and efficiently
What’s more, the no-win, no-fee* solicitor assigned to your case will be selected specifically to suit your case. In other words, you will be assisted by a solicitor with years of experience in handling gym injury claims. Call our no-obligation, confidential helpline on 0800 689 0500 or, if calling from your mobile, 0333 500 0993 now to learn more.