Getting injured at the gym is pretty much the polar opposite to what should happen during your time there. From slips and falls to dropping weights, the threats to safety at the gym are both many and varied.
Getting hurt at the gym – slips, trips and falls
One of the first images that springs to mind when you picture accidents at the gym is people falling on the treadmill. Whilst there is sometimes a comedic element to this event due to the slapstick nature of it, victims can be left with serious personal injuries that are enough to put them out of action for a lengthy period of time.
Treadmill accidents are typically caused by the following:
– Setting too high a speed, or inline for too long, and not being able to keep up
– Trainers or laces causing a slip or fall
– Loose wires from heart rate monitors, headphones etc. causing a fall in the gym
Getting hurt at the gym – accidents with weights
Another classic image of injuries at the gym is a red-faced exerciser struggling beneath a weights bar. Again, the consequences and injuries caused by such accidents can be serious. Chest presses, for example, can be particularly dangerous because of the force being pushed down on the ribs can drastically restrict breathing.
Again, these gym accidents are typically caused by people either over-estimating how much they can lift, or trying to push for too many repetitions. This is why training partners who can ‘spot’ you are important from both a training and safety perspective.
Getting hurt at the gym – hazards
Seemingly innocuous accidents at the gym can also cause serious injuries. Trips and falls on stray wires and pieces of equipment left lying around can lead to accidents that setback your training for a long time.
This is why gyms have signs up on the walls asking users to ensure that all equipment is returned to it’s rightful place after use and it is vitally important that these instructions are followed.
The risk of accidents and injuries at the gym can also be limited by ensuring you are wearing proper exercise clothing, especially shoes, and that you warm up properly.
Gym owners have a responsibility to ensure the environment is safe for users and Accident Advice Helpline can help you win the public accident compensation you deserve if you are hurt at the gym. To discuss your potential claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 22, 2014
Author: David Brown