High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can bring individuals to a risk of injury especially within the shoulders and knees, a study has unconcealed. The study was published within the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. High-intensity interval training is combined with aerobics, weight lifting and workout at the utmost capability, followed by intervals that deliver fitness goals in less time.
“These workouts are marketed as ‘one size fits all.’ However, several athletes, particularly amateurs, don’t have the flexibility, mobility, core strength and muscles to perform these exercises,” said Joseph Ippolito.
The study analyzed records within the National Electronic surveillance System from 2007 through 2016. Researchers found 3,988,902 injuries that arose out of it. Most injuries concerned knees, ankles, and shoulders. Another truth expressed by the study was that white males aged twenty to thirty-nine were among the foremost injured.
The researchers conjointly noticed a steady increase of a mean of 50,944 injuries each year that rose with the expansion in interest in the workouts. This was determined by the amount of Google searches throughout the years taken under consideration.
“There is a powerful proof that these types of injuries — specifically from repetitive overload at the knee – can lead to degenerative joint disease,” aforementioned Ippolito. Athletes performing such workouts without any supervising were at an increased risk for injuries ensuing due to poor form and muscle overuse.
“We certainly don’t want to discourage individuals from this kind of exercise because of its varied health edges, but recommend that they perceive the pre-existing conditions and physical weaknesses which will incline them to injury,” aforementioned co-author Nicole D. Rynecki.
She further noted, “Exercises such as stretches that can increase a range of motion and strengthen structure muscles are vital, especially for older individuals and those who are predisposed to rotator cuff tears.”