The 12 Most Common Chronic Strength Training Injuries — And How to Avoid Them

Chronic strength training injuries can transform pleasure into pain. Proper form, technique, and gear help prevent them. Here are 12 common ones and avoidance tips.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement, a common injury, happens when shoulder tendons are compressed against joint bones causing pain and inflammation, limiting strength training exercises.

Lower Back Strain

Lower back strain is common in strength training. It happens when lifting too much weight or improper form. Prevent it by gradually increasing weight.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are common in exercises like squats, lunges and can be minor aches or severe like ACL tears. Proper form and moderation prevent such injuries.

Wrist Tendinitis

Wrist tendinitis is a stress injury causing wrist inflammation, making exercises like push-ups & curls challenging.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, common among runners and strength trainers, results from inflammation in the foot ligament. Proper footwear with good arch support can help prevent it.

Tennis Elbow

"Tennis elbow causes pain and inflammation, common in bicep workouts. Warm up and gradually increase workout intensity. "

Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff can be damaged during strength exercises involving overhead movements due to overuse or poor form.

Shin Splints

Shin splints, common in runners and high-impact exercisers, cause lower leg pain due to overuse or poor form. Increasing exercise intensity gradually and wearing the right footwear can help prevent it.

Hamstring Strains

"Hamstring strains, common when performing deadlifts, lunges, and squats, occur when back thigh muscles are strained or torn. Maintain proper form and gradually increase weight and reps to prevent."

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer's elbow, similar to tennis elbow, affects the inner elbow due to repetitive actions or improper exercises. Identifying causes is key to prevent pain & complications.

Achilles Tendinitis

The Achilles tendon can get inflamed, causing pain during exercises like lunges. Wear proper footwear with good arch support to prevent this. Gradually increase exercise intensity.

Hip Flexor Strains

Hip flexor strains are common in exercises like squats. They occur when hip muscles strain from overuse or poor form. A warm-up and gradual intensity can prevent this.

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