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Ice, Ice, Maybe?

By Hilary Achauer

In ExPhysiology, Medical/Injuries

October 11, 2013

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Some athletes and experts swear by ice baths, while others say they’re useless or even detrimental. Hilary Achauer investigates the potential end of the Ice Age.

Maybe CrossFit athletes have a thing for pain. The event is over, they’ve survived whatever crushing test was put before them, and instead of finding the nearest chair, many competitive CrossFit athletes decide to prolong the agony by submerging themselves in a tub filled… Continue Reading

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Stoppage of Play

By Chris Cooper

In Medical/Injuries

October 08, 2013

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With the NHL and NFL seasons in full swing, concussions are a hot topic. Blows to the head can have serious short- and long-term consequences, so why do athletes risk brain damage by returning to play too early? And how can we keep them safer?

A little knock on the head can lead to big trouble, though the exact nature of the trouble has yet to be determined. Regardless, it’s clear that there are significant problems… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

August 14, 2013

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Years before Shari Keener started training in 2005 at the original CrossFit box in Santa Cruz, Calif., she had a different addiction: meth.

“It’s astonishing to me that that is how I lived my life,” she says today. “I never think about it. At all. I never think about that. So when I get asked about it I’m like, ‘Oh my God, yeah, I did that. That’s so crazy.’”

Now a Level 1 Seminar Staff intern and a mother of two, Keener… Continue Reading

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“I’ll Do It All”

By Deborah Cordner Carson

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When Deborah Cordner Carson asks herself why she does CrossFit, she looks at her grandfather’s weightlifting belt and remembers.

“I see my grandfather and how he sacrificed at some point in his life to achieve something,” she says. “It makes sense and it makes me feel like I was meant to do this.”

Cordner Carson’s grandfather was the heavyweight-lifting champion of the British Empire from 1942 to 1944.

The 33-year-old Minnesota athlete is known… Continue Reading

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Dealing With Diabetes

By Mike Hoge

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Mike Hoge of Comal CrossFit missed Regionals in 2012 but figured it was because the competition was getting better and better.

When he started losing weight, performing poorly at the gym, waking up with a dry mouth and urinating frequently, Hoge used the Internet to come up with a self-diagnosis of diabetes. Turns out he was right on, and he was hospitalized shortly after that.

“I remember just putting my head in… Continue Reading

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Fight or Flight

By Various

In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

June 01, 2013

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Drew Canavero often fell prey to binary thinking: it was black or white, he loved it or hated it, and he was either fully committed or completely disengaged.

“Living with bipolar is a frustratingly (irritating) process. Progress is usually slow and tenuous—one step forward, a half step back. And there are times when I have the inescapable feeling that my life is in free fall. And I often choose to hasten my collision with the bottom by… Continue Reading

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As a child, Annie Thorisdottir took ballet. It didn’t stick for long, though. Like her cousins, she wanted to try gymnastics. She made it to Iceland’s national team but quit to focus on high-school studies.

“Going from training 24 hours a week into training not at all didn’t really work out for me,” the 23-year-old two-time CrossFit Games champion says with her quintessential smile.

So she started ballet again, and dance. That, too… Continue Reading

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“I Just Want to Be Active”

By Kim O’Reilly

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

May 11, 2013

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Kim O’Reilly’s body is 53, but her kidney and pancreas are much younger. They belonged to her son, who donated them to her.

Her failing organs were a result of Type 1 diabetes, with which she was diagnosed at the age of 5. She reluctantly agreed to the kidney transplant in 2001, a couple of years after her daughter died following a similar procedure. Her son was 18 at the time.

“We both woke up from the OR with a… Continue Reading

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