As a rising number of people become increasingly health conscious, the growing use of gyms is leading to more people sustaining accidents in the gym. From slips, trips and falls while doing basic exercises, to more serious injuries caused by incorrect use of specialised fitness equipment, it is imperative that caution is exercised when using the gym. According to a recent study at the University of Arkansas, there has been a 35 per cent rise in the number of slips and trips at the gym, as well as other gym-related accidents.
Accidents on the chin up bar
Whilst most people will use the specially built equipment during their gym workouts, many individuals still choose the chin up bar as a main source of strength and stamina building. The chin up bar allows you to test your strength against your own body weight, adding other weights to your body as time progresses to help build muscle mass, general fitness, and strength.
While a common injury on the pull up bar may seem as simple as your hand slipping off the bar leading to you falling, other injuries are possible. Common injuries caused by using a chin up bar include:
- Repetitive straining injuries on elbows and shoulders
- Head injuries from hitting the bar
- Lower body injuries from falling off the bar
Who is to blame for your accident at the gym?
If you have had an accident, tripped and fell, or sustained an injury at the gym, then you may be entitled to compensation if you believe it wasn’t your fault. If you are a member of your chosen gymnasium, you should be given a full induction in which you will be shown specifically how to use all equipment. If you weren’t shown this, your gym may be liable for any accident or injury you sustain.
Speaking with a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine if your case is eligible for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with compensation claims for accidents in public places. Do not feel you are alone in making claims for accidents such as slips, trips and falls, fractures and sprains, and muscle injuries. Thousands of victims contact Accident Advice Helpline every year for advice.
If you feel your accident or fall at the gym was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced advisors will offer you specialist advice focussed directly on your individual sport-related accident.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice