Sources of weight-training injuries

The New York Times, in a report on a study about weight training injuries, notes that such injuries are on the rise and that most injuries result when people drop weights on themselves, crush a body part (fingers come to mind) between weights or hit themselves with the equipment.

Given those sources of injuries, it isn’t surprising that 90 percent of the injuries occurred while using free weights rather than machines. That’s not necessarily a bad rap against free weights. Rather, it’s a reminder to lifters to pay attention to what they are doing and never to forget that iron and steel are heavy and unyielding.