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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Gym accidents: Chest press

    Gym accidents: Chest press

    Everyone has seen someone take on the treadmill and fail terribly. Slips, trips and falls when attempting to do your best on a running machine aren’t out of the ordinary, and can be fairly amusing, but in some cases, gym accidents can cause more severe injury to users.

    Beyond slips, trips and falls: Chest press accidents

    Chest press exercises are a common exercise among gym enthusiasts who want to build their chest muscles. Typically performed laid along a bench, lifting two dumbbells – a barbell is used in a bench press – the chest press exercises the pectoralis major muscle.

    Forget slips, trips and falls on the treadmill, over-exercising this area can cause extreme pain and injury to the chest and shoulder area.

    Types of chest press injuries

    The most common type of injury caused by chest press exercises is pectoral strain. The following symptoms can suggest you have sustained an injury due to gym activity:

    • Unusual gaps/lumps in the pectoralis major muscle
    • Arm or shoulder pain
    • Pain when rotating or raising your arm

    Injuries in the gym

    While gym-induced exercises are often due to over-exercising, they are sometimes caused by incorrect technique or incorrect use of equipment. In the case of the latter, if the individual has not received suitable training from the instructor, the company could be responsible for your gym injury.

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    When you registered at your gym of choice, you should have been given a full induction and shown how to correctly use all of the equipment on offer. If you haven’t, the gym could be liable for any harm you have suffered.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you believe that your gym is responsible for the injury you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for your injury. This can include compensation not only for the pain and persisting injury, but also for loss of earnings and difficulties you have experienced as a result of your accident at the gym.

    Every case is unique, and so Accident Advice Helpline deals with cases on a one-on-one basis, offering bespoke advice to each individual regarding their claim. Their 24/7 freephone line is available to all victims of personal injury, with specialist advisors available to suggest whether or not your claim is worth pursuing.

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    If you have a valid case for a compensation claim, Accident Advice Helpline has a nationwide legal team ready to fight your corner to get you the compensation you deserve.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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