Bodyguarding

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“Last night I almost dislocated my knee executing a block. I went to take a lateral hit and my skate got locked up with someone else’s – I moved and my skate did not. I literally felt my leg rotate in my knee socket and start to push out – It was THE worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I went to see Dr. Roitz this morning and she said it’s a sprain and taped me up. I’m so relieved, I thought for sure that I had really messed myself up.
I can honestly say that CrossFit saved me last night – if the same thing would have happened last season it would have been 10 time worse. I felt my body protect itself.”
That is an excerpt from an email I got from one of our CrossFitters today.  It got me thinking.  I had never really considered the benefits of resistance training in terms of protecting the joints from injury.  Funny though, because I first started lifting weights to do exactly that.  Smart weight training does a lot more than just increase muscle strength.
Muscles are a lot easier to strengthen than bones, tendons, and ligaments.  This is why steroid abusers often break bones or hurt their joints when their muscle grow disproportionately stronger than the rest of their body.  Systematized resistance training, just like what happens in CrossFit, is a great deterrent to injury, be it percussive–like a car wreck or a fall, or repetitive–like your shoulder hurting from surfing.  It takes time to strengthen the tendons and ligaments and it takes consistent training.
The benefits, as shown by the letter above, are really worth it.
How has CrossFit protected your body?  Please post to Comments.

Workout:

5 Rounds
400m Run
3 rounds of the following complex:
1 Hang Power Clean
1 Front Squat
1 Push Press
1 Back Squat
1 Rack Press
Use 155/105# if your Grace time is sub 4, 135/95 if your Grace time is over 4.  Do not set the bar down on each 3 round complex.
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