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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

    Common injuries suffered in the gym

    Every January, many inexperienced gym-goers hit the gym, determined not to break their annual new year’s resolutions. Inspired by aggressive weight-loss programmes such as the Biggest Loser, they push themselves to the limit, and often end up with some very serious strains and muscle tears as a result.

    Most common gym-related injures

    Most of the injuries commonly received in the gym are related to the body being put under excessive stress. Muscle tears, sprains, and stress fractures are all very common. The bones of the feet are particularly vulnerable to injury if they have never been put under stress before. These bones are delicate and need to be built up to take the strain of weight-lifting or running gradually.

    Sprains happen when the ligaments of joints are stretched too far, causing slight or severe tears in their fibrous tissue. This can happen when excessive weight is placed on any joint in the body, but most commonly happens to ankles, wrists, and shoulders. Inexperienced runners (especially those with inappropriate footwear) will often ‘turn-over’ an ankle, stretching the joint beyond its capacity. Inexperienced weight-lifters may try to lift a weight that is far too heavy for them and with bad form, causing their ligaments to be snapped downwards unnaturally as their muscles collapse.

    Lower back injuries are very common in those who attempt to lift barbells using bad form, as the spine is four times more likely to be injured if it is curved downwards during a lift. All beginner gym-goers should receive thorough training in the use of all equipment before they’re allowed to use the gym, including how to lift weights using proper form.

    What to do if you have been injured at the gym

    If you have been injured at the gym and feel it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This could be the case if you were allowed to use dangerous gym equipment without any training or supervision, for example.

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    To discuss your own particular situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll let you know exactly who you should claim from, how the claims procedure works, what evidence will be necessary, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. The amount of compensation you will be entitled to depends both on the pain and suffering you have experienced as well as the financial fallout of your injury.

    Date Published: December 16, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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