Cursing your bad luck, karma, or yesterday's workout for that animal bite, sprained knee, or dislocated spine?
Turns out, where you live might have something to do with the weird injuries happening to you and all around you. Amino, consumer digital health care company, crunched the numbers around the most commonly reported injuries across the country, and found that each state has disproportionately high numbers of certain injuries. (Related: Did you know women are way more likely to tear their ACLs?)
First things first: Overall, the most common injuries for almost every state are cuts and bruises. That is, except for Colorado, which lists falls as number one. Apparently, living near those gorgeous Rockies has its perks and its downfalls (no pun intended).
Then the researchers compared each injury's frequency per state with the national frequency so see which ones were disproportionately more common, and the results are pretty telling. Some are to be expected: Texas, for example, pops for insect bites (hi, Zika!) and California has a high rate of motor vehicle accidents (LA traffic, anyone?). Others are pretty random. Apparently, people in Indiana need to watch out for falling objects, and Louisiana, DC, and Illinois have a weirdly high number of "unspecified facial injuries."
Check your state below to see what's especially risky in your neck of the woods. (You should also know about these bone and joint issues that are super common in fit women no matter where you live.)
To snag these stats, the researchers limited the scope to injuries that accounted for at least 1 percent of all injuries in the state. If you narrow it down to ones that are less frequent, but still disproportionately common, it gets crazier. For example, "animal-drawn vehicle accidents" (which include riding an animal) are disproportionately common in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Nebraska (there were over 43,000 between 2012 and 2016!) and "unarmed fight or brawl" is disproportionately common in New York. (It does have several cities that top the list for snowiest winters, so do you blame them for getting angry and aggressive?)
Because of the medical codes used to log injuries at medical offices, you have to take these with a grain of salt. For example, that "suffocation" you see in six of the eight mountain states could refer to any cause of oxygen deficiency. (Enter: altitude. Here's how to stay safe during a workout with less O2.) And it doesn't account for injuries that people don't go see a doc for. (Like when you smash your knee on the coffee table because you were doing living room handstands and are too afraid to tell a medical professional why you're hurt. No shame—we've all been there.)
And while watching for falling objects isn't exactly something you can practice for, you can at least prevent injuries during your workouts. Take these steps to prevent common running injuries, stay safe during your CrossFit workouts, and injury-proof your everyday life.