Weight Room and Exercise Injuries

Author: Eric Knight CPT (Canfit Pro), B.A. Hon. Kinesiology
Question: What is the most injured body part in a weight room.

Answer: The hand.

A study from the University of Arkansas examined weight training injuries over a 20 year period. Overall, 980, 000 accidents were studied. This is what they discovered:

Most Injured Body Part in the Weight Room
Body Part % of total injuries
Hand..............23.8
Upper Trunk.......18.8
Head, neck........16.4
Lower Trunk.......15.5
Foot..............14.6
Arm................5.3
Leg................4.9
Other..............0.7

Types of Exercise Injury
Diagnosis % of total injuries
Soft-tissue injury.......64.1
Laceration...............15.1
Fracture of dislocation..13.3
Other.....................7.6

Age Breakdown of Injured
Age Group % of total injuries
15-24..............43.5
25-44..............32.5
5-14...............19.2
45-64...............4.1
Others..............5.3

Gender Breakdown of Injured
Sex % of total injuries
Male...............80.5
Female.............19.5

Location of Injury
Location % of total injuries
Home..............40.2
Fitness Centre....17.8
School.............9.4
Not recorded......32.6