While injuries are a part of any sport, they don’t have to happen all the time.
In his own special way—no BS with extra profanity— strength expert Dave Tate of Elite FTS offers his strategy for avoiding downtime due to injuries:
“We all do stupid shit. It’s just you want to try to stop from doing stupid shit 100 per cent of the time, and just do stupid shit, like, 20 per cent of the time.”
You may not be able to avoid a freak accident like breaking a finger when racking a bar, but you can often avoid overtraining injuries and injuries due to competitive people pushing too far beyond their limits.
“You want to make sure that injuries that do happen happen because of flukes,” Tate says.
And if you have an injury, take heart:
“I’ve seen people come back from everything,” Tate says.
Additional reading: CrossFit and Powerlifting by Jason Bagwell, published May 1, 2005.