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Common Workout Injuries and How to Prevent Them

March 17, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense
Reviewed by
Katie K.
RD

Have you ever woken up after an intense workout with back pain, or worse?! Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, but it often comes with the risk of injury. And while you’re not at risk of shin splints or stress fractures every time you put on a pair of running shoes, workout injuries are pretty common.

Athletes know their risk of injury and likely train accordingly. But even if you’re not at risk of sports injuries specifically, it’s essential to focus on proper form. After all, whether it’s muscle overuse like a shin splint from a marathon run or just a twisted ankle from a brisk walk, workout injuries can happen to anyone.

Some injuries are more common than others, but knowing what they are and your risk of injury during different workouts can help you avoid them. Read on to learn more about the most common workout injuries, how they affect blood glucose levels, and some injury prevention tips.

Exercise Injuries and Blood Glucose

Various lifestyle factors influence blood glucose levels, including the type and intensity of your physical activity. On the whole, exercise typically has a positive impact on blood glucose. It’s because muscle cells can draw sugar out of your blood to use as energy, which lowers your levels without the need for additional insulin.

The American Diabetes Association suggests using exercise as a means of blood glucose control. But if you’re constantly putting yourself at risk of injury, you’re likely not going to be able to reap the benefits.

Of course, lack of physical activity is one of the risk factors for blood sugar spikes among those without diabetes. So, if you were thinking of avoiding exercise altogether as a quick fix here, think again. Jokes aside, even being on an extended period of bed rest or having a much lower range of motion because of an injury can impact blood glucose levels.

Serious injuries can also trigger a stress response, which can also raise your blood glucose. If you’re injured (whether it’s a sprain or something more serious), consult a health care professional to see if it’s impacting your glucose levels and what to do about it.

Exercise Injuries and Weight Management

Are you exercising to lose or gain weight? Are you worried about how a recent injury can ruin your weight management efforts? While worrying about weight gain while you’re injured is not ideal, the concern isn’t unfounded.

Although there’s not enough evidence to say the injury is the main culprit, some research finds links between back injuries and weight gain. Since everything from occupational injuries to exercise injuries can lead to inactivity, it makes sense. Additionally, inactivity can be one of the causes of weight gain and obesity.

But this doesn’t mean every lower back spasm and hamstring pull will make you pile on the pounds. Since inactivity can cause other issues to develop, it’s important to focus on recovery, but don’t push it because you’re scared of potential weight gain. Instead, consider hydrating and working with a physiotherapist (physical therapists) or occupational therapist to get you physically active during your recovery and back on your feet faster after.

Another interesting thing to note is the relationship between exercise injuries and weight conditions like obesity. Obesity can lead to an increased risk for diseases like osteoarthritis, which in turn puts you at risk of knee injuries.

If you have obesity (or osteoarthritis not related to weight issues), you may be at a higher risk of injury from your workout. In situations like this, it’s best to work with a personal trainer to ensure you avoid things like improper form and overuse injury.

Overuse Injuries

Speaking of overuse injury, this is one of the most prevalent forms of exercise injury. It’s what it sounds like: an injury that arises from overusing one part of your body repetitively.

It can happen if you’ve jumped into an intense workout too soon or started working out a part of your body that’s new to your regime a little too quickly. There are two common causes of an overuse injury:

1) Training Error: Too much of a single type of activity for too long.

2) Technique Error: Poor or improper form leading to incorrectly using muscles or using the wrong muscles. 

To avoid overuse injury, make sure you know enough about each exercise before trying it. Everything from equipment, form, and amount of reps involved is vital to focus on for a pain-free workout. The best way to do this is to get a personal trainer, join a gym or speak with a professional before incorporating any new exercises into your routine.

Some Common Workout Injuries and How to Avoid Each One

What kind of workout injuries can you be at risk of? And since they can affect everyone from professional athletes to exercise novices, is there any way to prevent any of them? Here’s a quick look at a few common workout injuries and how to do your best to avoid them.

CrossFit Injuries

Recent research showed that the most common exercises that cause CrossFit-related exercise injuries were squats and deadlifts. Many of these injuries occur because people tend to jump enthusiastically into lifting heavy weights—often heavier weights than they should. It takes time to build the strength and resistance required to do these exercises. The best way to avoid these injuries is to hire a personal trainer before trying any heavy lifting on your own, train regularly, and scale up with weight and repetitions slowly. 

Weight Lifting Injuries

CrossFit isn’t the only exercise routine that sees its fair share of heavy lifting injuries; weight lifting is a workout in itself. This includes more casual weight training to build muscle as well as more competitive weight lifting which includes powerlifting and Olympic-style weight lifting. And for all of them, lifting just a little too much weight is a common cause of injuries. This exercise injury can include muscle strains, tendon ruptures, and shoulder injuries.

To reduce your risk of injury, follow a workout plan, and ensure you use the proper form when lifting weights. Safety equipment like a stabilization belt can also help reduce your risk of injury, particularly as you increase the amount you’re lifting. Remember, always use a spotter, even if you’re a pro.

Swimmer’s Shoulder

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because it takes the pressure off of your joints and allows for various movements. However, it can also be a rigorous form of exercise that involves muscles you may not use every day.

One injury that can arise from this situation is a swimmer’s shoulder. To avoid the risk of shoulder injuries, ensure you swim short distances, to begin with, slowly increasing the time and length of your swim. Also, try various swimming styles to avoid overusing any specific muscles. Stretching before starting your swim can also help warm up your muscles and prevent the risk of injury. 

Running and Cross-Country Skiing Injuries

These exercises are great because they incorporate various muscles and body mechanics. Cross-country skiing involves the use of both legs and arms, so this can be considered a complete workout. However, this also means you may have an increased risk of injury to several parts of your body.

Injuries to the ankles, muscles, knee ligaments, Achilles tendon, and lower back are common among cross-country skiers and runners. As with most exercises, taking it slow can help reduce your risk of injury. It’s also a good idea to ensure you engage in variety to avoid repetitive or overuse injuries. If you’re new to the sport it might be a good idea to hire a coach who can help create a training plan to avoid overuse injury. Consider warming up and incorporating some dynamic stretches before the activity to help warm up the muscles and prevent stiffness associated with injury. 

Make sure you also have the appropriate footwear (yes, those running shoes are a good investment) and engage in a routine that’s right for you. If you don’t know what this is yet, ask a professional. It’s also best (for all forms of exercise) to understand your body’s warning signs before you start your workout to spot a potential injury before it happens. 

Baseball Hamstring Injuries

If baseball is your physical activity of choice, you may want to watch out for hamstring injuries. Even if you’re not a professional player, this type of injury is extremely common. It’s because of the repetitive movement of throwing and running in spurts rather than a progressive exercise.

You likely already know how vital stretching is before any exercise. Make sure you don’t skip it before you play baseball so you can avoid any hamstring issues caused by stiff muscles.

Interestingly, a recent study also found that players who did fewer repetitions of hamstring-involved exercise during their baseball games and practice had more injuries. Consider engaging in a good warm-up and cool-down before and after the game to avoid overuse injuries.

Cycling and Spinning Injuries

While cycling or spinning are non-weight-bearing exercises (meaning they’re easier on your joints), they come with their own risk of injury. Indoor cycling, in particular, can cause everything from neck pain and saddle sores to lower back pain and, in some very rare cases, a syndrome called rhabdo.

Exercise injuries from this workout can occur because they include restricted movements. You’re essentially locked in place on the machine, which can put pressure on specific muscles, primarily along your sagittal plane. Make sure you stretch beforehand, scale up your exercise slowly, and find creative ways to change positions. All of this can help you avoid overuse injuries when you’re spinning or cycling indoors. 

Volleyball Injuries

Overuse often affects your shoulder and back the most, especially when you’re playing a game like volleyball. The primary impact of movement during this sport is concentrated on those areas of your body. So if you play the occasional game without proper stretching, warm-ups, and cool-downs, you may end up with a shoulder injury.

Even if you play professionally, many players find working with a physical therapist on a preventative rehabilitation routine helpful. Consider stretching before working out and using additional strength-power exercises to keep your muscles limber and ready for use to avoid overuse injuries here.

Dance Injuries

Yes, dance is an exercise—and it can be intense enough to injure you. From ballet to ballroom, every dance style is unique, but one thing they all share is the risk of overuse injuries.

For example, when it comes to ballet, you can suffer from stress fractures, ankle problems, shin pain, tendonitis, knee injuries, and hip and back injuries. Here too, stretching and strengthening exercises can reduce your risk of overuse injuries.

Many dancers use exercises like pilates to strengthen their muscles, which can also help prevent overuse. If you dance regularly, try to diversify your muscle use by switching up your routine as much as possible and asking a professional to tailor a routine for you.

Learn How to Optimize Your Health with NutriSense

Exercise is excellent for your health, impacting everything from your blood glucose levels to your heart rate. However, overuse injuries are common, and having to be on bed rest can quickly undo the work you’ve put into your workout routine. To learn more about how your body responds to changes in your routine, from new food to physical activity, consider using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

The programs at NutriSense can help you manage and monitor your blood glucose levels as you make the changes you need to optimize your overall health. The CGM technology can provide insights into your blood glucose data, personalized support from a team of registered dietitians, and strategies to help manage balanced blood glucose levels.

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Menopause can be a difficult journey, so we've compiled some of the most effective, science backed tips to help you with menopause-related weight gain.

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Help Dad Stay Healthy this Father's Day
Help Dad Stay Healthy this Father's Day

Father’s Day is around the corner, and whether you’re celebrating your dad, a father figure, or another cherished loved one, helping them take care of their health can be the ultimate gift.

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11 Great Low-Carb Snacks to Add to Your Diet [+ 5 Recipes our Dietitians Love]
11 Great Low-Carb Snacks to Add to Your Diet [+ 5 Recipes our Dietitians Love]

Here's a helpful list of some of our favorite low-carb snacks that can help you keep your diet varied and full of healthy nutrients.

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Low Glycemic Index Recipe Ideas Everyone Will Enjoy
Low Glycemic Index Recipe Ideas Everyone Will Enjoy

Whether you're looking for low GI summer snacks or healthy sweet treats, this post has got you covered. Here are tasty low glycemic index recipes everyone will enjoy!

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Do Grapes Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Do Grapes Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Wondering if grapes are safe for people with diabetes to include in their diet? Read on to find out.

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The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body, contributing to the structure of the cells, helping with vitamin D synthesis, and also promoting the production of steroid and sex hormones, like cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estrogen. But how exactly is cholesterol connected to blood glucose levels?

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20 Questions to Ask Your CGM Provider (with Kara Collier)
20 Questions to Ask Your CGM Provider (with Kara Collier)

We sat down with Kara Collier, our co-founder and VP of Health here at NutriSense, to take a closer look at how CGMs work and what you need to know about these devices before using one.

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Are Carbs and Sugar the Same? 
Are Carbs and Sugar the Same? 

Are carbs and sugar the same? In this post, we break down the key differences between the two and share the benefits of complex carbohydrates.

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Best Recovery Breakfasts to Beat Post-Workout DOMS
Best Recovery Breakfasts to Beat Post-Workout DOMS

Read on to learn more about DOMS, how long it can last, and then pick from our list of the best breakfasts to help beat that post-workout soreness, support muscle building, and encourage fat loss.

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7 Plant-Derived Supplements to Help Lower Blood Sugar
7 Plant-Derived Supplements to Help Lower Blood Sugar

When it comes to lowering blood sugar levels, not all supplements are created equal. From ginseng to aloe vera, here are some of the best supplements to help avoid high blood sugar and encourage blood sugar control.

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Is Bloating After Surgery Normal?
Is Bloating After Surgery Normal?

Bloating that results from a surgery can sometimes be an unexpected part of the recovery process. Is there anything you can do to reduce bloating or prevent it from happening? And what causes this bloating anyway? Read on to find the answer to these questions and much more to help you combat your post-surgery swelling. 

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Is Fiber a Carb? 
Is Fiber a Carb? 

Learn why fiber is classified as a carb and how to increase your intake of this health promoting nutrient.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease 
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease 

Did you know Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease? Read on to learn what it's like living with PD plus discover treatment options.

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An Expert Breaks Down 11 Viral Health Trends
An Expert Breaks Down 11 Viral Health Trends

From rosemary water to dry scooping, should you be trying every new trend that hits TikTok? How can you tell which ones may help and which ones to steer clear of?

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Does Eating Too Much Sugar Affect Your Skin?
Does Eating Too Much Sugar Affect Your Skin?

As great as sugar tastes, including too much of it in your diet can lead to certain health problems. Read on to learn more about the role sugar plays in keeping your skin healthy.

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14 Health and Nutrition Podcasts Recommended by Dietitians
14 Health and Nutrition Podcasts Recommended by Dietitians

Read on to see which podcasts our dietitians recommend if you’re interested in learning more about nutrition and health.

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Does Nicotine Affect Blood Glucose?
Does Nicotine Affect Blood Glucose?

Nicotine is a chemical in tobacco that can affect your health in various ways. Read our article to learn how it impacts blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

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Why Everyone, Including Healthy People Should Use CGMs
Why Everyone, Including Healthy People Should Use CGMs

CGMs are now an excellent tool for anyone who wants to optimize their metabolic health. Read on to find out more about the benefits CGMs can have for healthy people!

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Why Do People Need to Lose Weight Before Bariatric Surgery?
Why Do People Need to Lose Weight Before Bariatric Surgery?

Although bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight and improve health for people who are obese, it’s a major decision. Find out what lifestyle changes you need to make before going under the knife.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Favorite Grilling Recipes
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Favorite Grilling Recipes

Excited to fire up the grill this summer? Read on to learn if grilling is healthy for you plus check out the NutriSense Nutrition Team's favorite grilling recipes for the season.

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How a Healthy Gut Improves Blood Sugar
How a Healthy Gut Improves Blood Sugar

Did you know that your gut health can impact your blood glucose levels? Explore ways to improve your gut health for optimal glucose levels.

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Living With Autoimmune Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Living With Autoimmune Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause swelling and joint pain. Learn more about how it develops and how other health conditions affect its onset.

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13 Best Weight Loss Apps to Consider
13 Best Weight Loss Apps to Consider

We’ve hand-picked the best weight loss apps available. Here are the thirteen best weight loss apps.

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What is Red Light Therapy?
What is Red Light Therapy?

An emerging treatment, red light therapy promises to prevent and treat the signs of aging and other skin issues. Read on to find out more.

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Diets People are Most Likely to Give Up On [+Tips to Stick with Them]
Diets People are Most Likely to Give Up On [+Tips to Stick with Them]

Struggling to stick with a health-promoting diet? Here’s how to make it enjoyable so you can reap the benefits.

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Kara Collier on Optimal Health Through Blood Sugar Regulation
Kara Collier on Optimal Health Through Blood Sugar Regulation

VP of Health and co-founder of NutriSense Kara Collier discusses reaching optimal health through blood sugar regulation, what a continuous glucose monitor is, and who might benefit from using it.

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How to Turn Your Idea into a 120 Person Team with Dan Zavorotny
How to Turn Your Idea into a 120 Person Team with Dan Zavorotny

In this episode of Zero to CEO, Jason Sherman talks to Dan Zavorotny about how to turn your idea into a 120 person team in 2.5 years.

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A Breakdown of Body Mass Index (BMI)
A Breakdown of Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index is a term you may have seen tossed around quite a bit in the health world. You may know that it’s a way to measure body fat, but with so many new tests for measuring overall fitness and health, is BMI still reliable?

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Glucose-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Memorial Day
Glucose-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Memorial Day

If you're watching your glucose levels, traditional BBQ staples may not be the best choice. Here are some recipes that will help you enjoy a Memorial Day meal without a blood sugar spike.

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Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care
Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care

Mental health has a significant impact on your overall health; here are tips, tools, and apps to improve your mental wellbeing.

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Can You Check Your Blood Sugar at Home Without a Meter
Can You Check Your Blood Sugar at Home Without a Meter

Living with diabetes can be a challenge, especially when it comes to keeping your blood sugar levels regulated. Learn if you can check your blood sugar at home without a meter.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Sunscreen for all Skin Types
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Sunscreen for all Skin Types

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to make sure you have the tools you need to protect yourself from sunburn and sun damage. But how do you choose the right one for adequate sun protection?

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Japanese Water Therapy & Weight Loss: What’s the Deal? 
Japanese Water Therapy & Weight Loss: What’s the Deal? 

Learn how Japanese water therapy can help with weight loss, energy levels, and detoxification.