Under-qualified gym trainers can land you on a hospital bed

  • Arjun Shar,a, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 23:26 IST
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Instead of making six pack abs, wrong postures at a gym can land you on a hospital bed. Experts have brought out serious repercussions of going to such gyms and training centres where untrained instructors guide you to a muscular body. A large number of new gyms have come up in Ludhiana resulting in increased number of internal injuries to the enthusiasts.

Doctors claim that with the increasing number of gyms and aerobics centres across the city, the number of patients suffering from different bone, joint and ligament injuries have also increased. Different hospitals in the city receive at least 5 to 6 patients suffering from such injuries weekly.

"Unprofessional trainers, who do not have an idea of the force required to be applied by a particular body structure can cause severe damage to shoulder joints," said Dr Avkash Teotia, occupational therapist at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

He said patients complaining of back and knee pain are increasing as the trainers do not try to find out the actual weight that a person could lift. "With the increasing number of such gyms, such patients are also increasing," said Teotia.

The other major impact of wrong workout at a gym is caused on muscles. Soft tissue injuries among gym-goers are also on the rise. The number of patients has also increased with the rise of health awareness among the city residents.

"Slip disk due to wrong postures among other serious injuries could also be caused by following untrained instructors at the gyms. Lack of healthcare education among trainers is the biggest cause of injuries at gyms where people are told only about increasing the size of their muscles and not about taking care while gyming," said Dr Som Gupta, senior physiotherapist.

Experts also say that there is a need of timely detection of such injuries caused due to wrong gyming to avoid further damage to the muscles and bones.

Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, director of the orthopaedics department at Fortis Hospital, said warming up should be the first thing after reaching the gym to avoid injuries to muscles and bones. "If there are problem in joints or muscles existing before joining a gym, these could aggravate if proper exercises schedule is not followed," said Dr Mahajan.

He said wrong postures could also lead to knee, hip, shoulder and spine injuries.

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