Slips, trips and falls in the gym are common occurrences, whether due to a treadmill accident or a trip up when walking from machine to machine. That being said, not all gym-related accidents should be ignored as standard, as various sporting injuries require medical attention and rest breaks, as to not aggravate the sustained injury.
What is a hip abductor machine?
A seated hip abductor machine works by applying pressure to the inner or outer of your thighs, while you attempt to close or open your legs, the object of which is to build up muscle in the area.
It is one of the most controversial pieces of gym equipment due to the level of sport-related injuries that can be sustained, in relation to the minimal effect it is thought to have on strengthening the muscles in the area. Some argue that the seating position slows down the fitness process.
The hip abductor machine mainly works the three adductor muscles, which are the adductor brevis, longus and magnus. In addition the inner-thigh gracilis and your pectineus are also worked.
Common injuries caused by the hip abductor machine, include, but are not limited to:
- Dislocation of the knee
- Spinal injuries
- Sprains and strains to the worked muscle groups
- Slips, trips and falls following workouts
- Blisters and skin irritation to the thigh area
It is worth noting that the hip abductor machine does not replicate any natural movement your body undertakes day to day. Alternative exercises include the torso-rotation machine and bridges.
Placing blame for your accident at the gym
If you believe you have sustained an injury at the gym due to the fault of your instructor, personal trainer or the fitness centre itself, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Your gym has a legal responsibility to ensure that you receive a satisfactory induction, with clear guidance on how to use each machine they have on offer. They must also ensure that the area is well maintained to prevent accidents such as slips, trips and falls.
Both of these factors contribute to them actively ensuring your health and safety while using their facilities. Failure to meet these standards can mean that the gym owners have failed in their legal obligation to protect your well-being and can be held liable for your injury.
Accident Advice Helpline
Talk to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 regarding your sports injury, for a free initial consultation and advice on whether or not your personal injury claim would likely be successful.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice