Methodology part two “We believe that meaningful statements about safety, efficacy, and efficiency, the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program, can be supported only by measurable, observable, repeatable facts, i.e., data
The safety of a program should be identified by real numbers. This number would be cases of injury or harm while doing CrossFit. This means that CrossFit’s program should be valuable if it has a low potential for getting hurt and it does. There is not clear data about CrossFit specifically due to a study the National Strength and Conditioning Association performed at Ohio State University fabricated injury rates at a local affiliate in 2013 that led to hundreds of misunderstandings. Looking at the parts that make up CrossFit: bodyweight, weight training, and endurance-based sports, the injury or risk involved with CrossFit is close to or no different than other traditional exercise programs. There will always be a chance of orthopedic calamity when getting off the couch, but the benefits it could have on your cardiovascular-respiratory system, blood sugar levels, inflammation, bone density, etc., easily outweighs the risk of injury that could be associated with any type of movement.
The likelihood of benefits over negative side effect of exercise ties into the efficacy of CrossFit’s program. Efficacy means results. This means asking questions like did it work or not? Did the program help you lose 20lbs or hit a new bench press personal record? CrossFit programs are clear when it comes to an end result because of the way we measure and observe our data. Safety and efficacy go hand in hand. Having a safe and effective program is entirely realistic.
Efficiency is how well it works or how it gets done. How fast did the program get you there? Did you take 5 years to add 5lbs to your bench press to avoid injury or are you willing to add some intensity to pass that goal sooner? CrossFit’s programming being constantly varied, built with functional movements, and performed at relatively high intensity is a well-rounded way to get safety, efficacy, and efficiency all in one.
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