Source: Ivanhoe Newswire
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
With summer coming up, many of you may be working towards your beach body goals. Whether it’s lifting weights or doing CrossFit, doctors warn you not to overdo it.
StrongFirst kettle bell training is Janna Morrison’s main workout. She talked to us about what it is and how it works.
“You use a hinge action with your hips to propel the bell into the air,” said Morrison. “Your body is using all of your muscles and structure to propel this weight. You target several muscle groups with one action.”
Fitness is important to her; she also does yoga. Morrison admits to pushing herself too far. Last month, something happened while she was lifting one of the kettle bells and she injured her shoulder.
"I woke up and could not move my neck and shoulder area,” said Morrision. “Just immobilized, just a lot of pain."
Morrison’s chiropractor did an X-ray, which showed she strained a muscle. Dr. Emily Casey with Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham says shoulder, back and knee injuries are all common workout injuries that she’s treated in her patients.
"With say, squatting, it’ll put a lot of stress on your knees,” said Casey. “So I’ll see someone who may aggravate their knee cap or patellar tendon. If you squat and maybe your knee buckles or twists, you could get a meniscus tear, cartilage injury."
Casey says a lot of times it’s improper lifting or form that sends people to a doctor.
"Lifting too heavy of a weight before you’re ready for that, you may injure your rotator cuff," said Casey.
No matter your fitness level, she says listen to your body, and if you feel pain don’t ignore it.
Luckily, Morrison’s injury didn’t require any surgery, just an adjustment from her chiropractor and a reality check.
"Some of us are overachievers,” said Morrison. “We forget we’re not 18 or our bodies aren’t 18 or 25 anymore."
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