9 Malcolm Place: Health and Safety Report

9 Malcolm Place: Health and Safety Report

This thread will act as our ongoing  maintenance check list and health and safety reporting system.

This builds on the previous experiences and risk reviews carried out at 9 Gales Gardens

The headline observations were  as follows

We need a public risk assessment – one that satisfies the legislation, but one that also means instructors, and trainees understand the risks and what is expected from them.

1) Health of client : in line with current gym management, the client is to assume responsibility for their own health  http://crossfitlondonuk.com/2010/09/the-parq-vs-health-commitment-statement/ )

( the original was amended  20th Sept 2010 from:” Clients must have submitted aPARQ, and if need be, been signed off by their doctor or have signed  a disclaimer” to all clients to follow the recommendations of their health professionals and take responsibility for their own health)

2) Slippery floor (sweat created, drink spills): Instructors to check area safe, clients to manage and observe during the session.

3) Equipment check: weekly, in-depth check by Crossfit LondonUK officers system to be set up, spotting loose screwsbolts, fraying bands/ropes/buckles, etc. A visual inspection before each session by the instructors as part of warm up. Clients to be aware.

4) Running outside the gym (as part of a WOD): The facility opens on to a road – albeit a quiet one, but a road never the less. Emphasise walking in and walking out.

open the door to right  angles, and clients to run towards bethnal green road ( ie turn right). If possible blue gate to be half  closed.

6) First aid: A first aider to be on-site when training is taking place.

7) Instructors to hold insurance cover, Crossfit London to take an interest in such cover.

8) Movement specific warm ups must preceed dense or intense sessions (dense = typical fast CF work out, intense = heavy weight)

9) Client must know the move and be coached. Trainer must offer an adaptation or scaling alternative if required

10) To avoid over-training and possible injury by failure to consentrate, regular trainees must have a week off from training every 12th week (clients to be responsible for monitoring)

11) Trainees must have access to water, and be reminded that they may stop and rest at anytime

12) The dangers of rhabdomyolisis must be emphasized and clients taught to watch for danger signs. Intense eccentric training in dense conditions should not be deployed. (updated 7 August 2012 to include) : no more than 5 negative pull ups in any one session

13) All incidents/suspicions of disrepair, must be written up  in comments below

14) A first aid box is required, to be formally checked every  quarter by a CrossFit Londonofficer.

15) A member of the group must have an active working mobile phone incase of emergencies.( incase instructor has forgotten their one)

All incidents must be writen up below, and  a copy sent to andrew@crossfitlondonuk.com.  the Name of any  individual must be left off the public report here, but be included in the email to Andrew.

on a weekly basis:

All screws on both pull up systems to be checked

1st aid kit audited and restocked ( an audit list will be kept on the cupboard .

Bars to be checked.

Straps of rings and ropes to be checked.

Cleaning is carried out daily.


Fire assessment.

Risk assesment, we are fairly lucky in that all of our pricesses do not involve fire. never the less rubber mats and plates could, if hot enough, catch light.

1) no naked flames within the building. None are required, and  there is no smoking

2) no rubbish storage within the gym. the bin is outside.

3)  No flammable liquids to be stored in the gym ( white spirit etc should be be purchased, used and excess disposed off and not stored)

Re escape: we have a front and back fire escape: staff need to pick up the key from the back door to escape from the alley way.

Exits to be kept clear and marked.

Assembly.  opposite the gym.



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  1. Andrew Stemler | 14/08/2011 at 2:52 pm

    w/e 14 Aug 

    all checks done.

  2. Andrew Stemler | 14/08/2011 at 2:55 pm

    incident  13 August. Sat morning class, Client drops bar on their knee during wod.

    RICE applied ( ice =wet towel), client told to rest and ice over the weekend. 

    cause, probable client error, but suggest  “the drop” is taught during over head moves.

  3. Andrew | 19/08/2011 at 6:36 pm

    all floors cleaned daily. Pull up bar system checked, all screws tightened. Beam clamps for ropes to be changed to D shackels and reserve chains ( current systen safe, but could be better).

    1st aid restocked. New inventory list suggests 6 triangular bandages. can we check that. 3 x boxes of plaster strips bought.

    faulty light switch changed.

  4. andrew stemler | 03/09/2011 at 6:57 pm

    last 2 weeks.

    all checks and cleaning done.

  5. Andrew | 02/10/2011 at 4:37 pm

    all checks and cleaning carried out every week…somehow dont manage to write it up here though

  6. Andrew | 03/11/2011 at 12:34 pm

    hi, i do this every week, but as i dont have easy internet access, i often fail to log these. from now on, ill use the note facility on my i phone, record there on a weekly basis, then cut and paste it into the record on a monthly basis.

    for now, ive noticed a few injuries have gone through without being reported.

    1) client tweaked his neclk on an over ehad move by aggressively “over” pushing his head through the hole> thsi move needs some thought. wet towel applied

    2) 1st instance of client passing out during extended front squat wod. The bar can press into the neck that cuts off blood supply. this has an implication for spacing in class.

    3) beginner tweaked her wrist on her first snatch with weight (8kg bar) as far as i can see, just one o those things. Still not sure what she did. wet towel applied.

  7. Andrew | 24/11/2011 at 12:00 pm

    incident in class on monday, a client performed a walking lunge with a 15kg weight plate over head, the central metal plate came loose and dropped on the clients head. No injury occurred. plate taken out of service. 1st aid offered, none needed.

    the securing screws have come loose on some of the old weight plates, and woud fail “safer” on a bar, or while being place on a bar. These discs will not “fail safe” if lifted overhead on their own: so check the plates 1st: also, can instructors keep an eye out for plates with loose screw fittings and either tighten them or leave them behind the cage for service.

  8. Andrew | 31/12/2011 at 4:04 pm

    all checks carried out weekly on the pull up bar system, Still poor at recording the checks. always do them though.

  9. Andrew | 04/01/2012 at 9:22 pm

    incident 4 Jan 2011.

    All loo doors were open to facilitate cleaning , drying and inspection. A client nipped to loo for a quick wee, and attempted to pull the door promptly closed. As a result of this action, the two open doors collided and impacted on her finger.

    finger was inspected, swelling and minor skin chaffing/grazing( but without blood).

    Full range of motion apparent. Finger run under tap to counteract swelling.
    Client to visit the local walk in centre at Whitechapel.

    Action: we had not considered this possibility. However, we have debated the wisdom of externally opening doors ( hence the “red Zone” in front of the unit). However, we have now instructed a local builder to “turn” the doors so they open inwards

  10. andrew stemler | 05/01/2012 at 12:21 pm

    had an interesting chat about ” freezer packs” , Normally when we need to apply RICE we use direct cold water, or a wet towel. Somn have suggested those cold packs. Personally Id like a small freezer,with real ice in . but we have no room.

    I dont believe they work, but ill get a few ice packs, but Its more effective to apply cold water ( in the absence of ice)

    Actually, while im writing this, im wondering if we can get a teeny freezer from some where..ie fits on a shelf . hmmm ( not a promise, just a thought)

  11. Kate | 25/02/2012 at 1:24 pm

    Foundations class 10.30 am

    After Tabata squats, the strength session for the class was
    Sumo deadlift high pulls WU, 5,5,3,3,2,2,1 increasing weight
    interspersed with pullups: negs, singles, weighted vests

    One athlete had completed the first few rounds of these moves, then reported having tweaked something in his right shoulder, experiencing pain in the region of the anterior deltoid/bicep insertion. It was a SDHP that preceded it. I offered and he accepted an ice pack for the injury. He stated that he regularly seems prone to injury, having hurt that shoulder before as well as a variety of other minor injuries (he says his freezer contains many bags of frozen peas!). At my suggestion and his ready compliance, he sat out the remainder of the class, and stayed as an observer. I suggested he put more ice on it when he got home, and to rest from training until recovered. I also offered him a refund, but he turned that down as he had still enjoyed the class.

  12. Andrew | 02/04/2012 at 7:54 pm

    results of weekly checks.

    the pull up bar system in the back room has been taken out of service following a loose joint highlighted in the weekly check.

    repair ordered.

  13. andrew stemler | 10/04/2012 at 5:46 pm

    I had decided to relocate the whole rig assuming the breeze block wall to be the problem ( ie bolts and “holders” destroying the breeze blocklock ), but rechecked the bolt and it tightened straight away and now seems secure. will get richard to 2nd check tomorrow and erect a secondary stabliser system.

    checked all pull up system and re checked bar ends on oly bars. All rings checked.
    all cleaning carried out.
    no apparent disrepair on kb’s, dumbbells. Some bands looking the worse for wear, but totally serviceable and safe.

  14. andrew stemler | 12/04/2012 at 5:58 pm

    method review to add securing bar to back pull up bar system.

    I want add one extra bar to the back pull up bar system, so im going to cut to size 1 piece of tube and strap it from the right hand upright to the side wall buttress. I need to cut one length down to size. So obtained angle grinder with blade shield and safety specs. Will get someone from Jet tyres to supervise while I cut.

  15. andrew stemler | 20/04/2012 at 1:56 pm

    20 april

    bar check. all ok. visual inspection of rope beam claps. ok.

    securing bar didnt work and waiting to hook up with steven, rear pull up bars out of order. although safe if someone strict pulled on them!

    quick review of KB’s and dumbbells. ok

    2 skipping ropes broken, 1 additional ( small) 2.5kg weight broke. may not be up to the abuse. keep equipment supplier under review.

  16. andrew Stemler | 17/05/2012 at 9:21 am

    May 17th, as always ., lots of health and safety work, not much recording; this continues to be my main weakness.

    1) rear pull up bar system was placed out of order 20th April. The rear room bars have now been relocated to the opposing wall and secured with chemical joints. Tested yesterday. Now sage to use.

    2) On the main rig, all joint checked weekly as always.
    3) weekly equipment checks done.

    Issue Rings. i found that a set of rings had been wrongly re-threaded. ( strap through the wrong hole.) Ill emphasize to instructors to watch clients as they change height.


    These have sort of been left in the corner and now need weekly checks for the chains and make sure the handles are against the frame when stored

    We are in the process of moving the back room around and hope to make room for a small freezer for ice.

    change around, Following the installation of 4 x squat racks, id like to add Careful supervision to the instructors brief. We have already moved the weight stacks to the other side of the room.

  17. Andrew Stemler | 07/06/2012 at 11:43 pm

    7 june. all weekly checks done ( each week, but forgot to record)

    lights moved in back room to allow 3 ropes.

  18. Andrew | 10/06/2012 at 7:08 pm

    instructors told not to move rings. near miss today on wrongly threaded ring


  19. Andrew Stemler | 22/06/2012 at 10:42 pm

    checks done. (did last week as well)

    note buckle to the left of door. double check next week.

    very worried to find old white york rack with pin removed. we need to make sure the instructors supervise the use of squat racks

  20. Andrew Stemler | 15/07/2012 at 8:33 pm

    all checks done each week.

    Monitor nuts on rear pull up bar system.

    to combat blow in mess, coir carpet on order for door area. last of rear guttering should be up by the end of this week.

  21. Andrew Stemler | 24/07/2012 at 5:26 pm

    Coir mat in and doing a great job of keeping the “blow in” muck out! All checks done. Noticed a brick had dropped in the back room. Cleared. area above checked. One more loose brick removed. rest secure, will review tomorrow. Still behind on the guttering!!

  22. Andrew Stemler | 03/08/2012 at 9:20 pm

    all checks done. ( bars and kit)

    D shackels on rope changed to rated ( 9.5tonnes!!)

  23. Andrew | 05/08/2012 at 9:09 pm

    Rhabdo warning.

    We have our 1st member in hospital due to Rhabdo. Can everyone refresh their memory on what causes this and review in particular the recommendations for using negatives

  24. Andrew Stemler | 06/08/2012 at 12:36 pm

    “Message from phil”

    client had one of the straps on his ring slip during his ring dips today (the set to the left of the door to the back, closest to the wall) No injury, the strap was inserted in the correct direction (although it may have had a fold in it pre-incident) and neither he nor I were able to replicate making it slip. BUT he mentioned that is has happened before, potentially because he is one of the heaviest members we have.
    No further incident during the class, but do the rings have a tested weight failure threshold?”

    yes they do: over 250kg. But will recheck that set. I think I had a question mark about one set a while back although nothing on the log

  25. Andrew | 07/08/2012 at 6:27 pm
  26. Andrew | 07/08/2012 at 6:28 pm

    Re Rings.

    we ahve 2 types of rings the “black ones” and the elite ones. If a client is “bigger” say 95kg plus, they should be offered the elite rings as the straps are to a higher standard

  27. Andrew Stemler | 08/08/2012 at 3:40 pm

    answer from “black ring” supplier

    “They are 228kg per ring, so should be enough. As long as the setup of the straps is done correctly and it is always best to test them before committing your total bodyweight to”

  28. Andrew Stemler | 22/08/2012 at 3:58 pm

    all pull up bars checked.

    The PAC tests done last week (portable appliance…something…tests)

    rings checked

  29. Andrew Stemler | 19/09/2012 at 8:28 pm

    all bars, rings and “stuff” checked

  30. Naama | 26/09/2012 at 4:24 pm

    On Monday 24th of September 2012, 19:30 Foundations class a client fell wile practicing handstands. It was one of those falls when people go sideways then just bend there arms and crash down on their necks.
    I only caught a glimpse of it as I was focusing my attention on another individual.
    He stud up right away and I went right over and ask him how he was. He said he was fine. We talked about how he fell and he said it used to happen to him a lot when he practiced trampolining.
    I had him sit down and wait to reevaluate then after a few minuets asked him again how he was and again he said he was fine and wanted to continue to train.
    He did the WOD which was 7min AMRAP of burpees.
    He did great on the WOD and was fine after.

  31. Kate | 29/09/2012 at 4:48 pm

    In foundations today, the guys were doing 3 x 5 front squats in pairs, with the racks arranged as an “open square”
    While my back was turned, a client unloaded one end of his bar of about 30kg. The other (still loaded) end crashed to the ground, and the bar made contact with another racked bar. A lot of noise and shock, but fortunately no one close by and no injuries.

    I guess we all need to remind everyone to unload their bar evenly, and not have their 2 stands too close together if using the free standing ones

  32. AndrewStemler | 18/11/2012 at 4:52 pm

    all bars and stuff checked. its been a bit hectic  with adding Gales garden. We seem to have a “box quality” issue. much of the new plywood on the boxes seems to be, as a marklet standard, crap. I’ve noticed some boxes “peeling”. we are looking at ways to reduce any potential user risk.  we are currently assessing the numbers in the back room, and may move some stuff out to get the numbers up to 8. consultation in process. 
    pull up ring at gg “bouncing a bit” due to being bolted through te rubber matting rather than direct to concrete. will chat to engineers over the week.
    Due to escalating small disc failure  we may well have to introduce a no dumping under 50kg, unless an emergency.
    in the medium term we may have to number equioment so i can tie up “concern” reports and monitor rthem. 
    3 brand new york bars out of service due to  faulty brushes. last batch of exertrain bars have been downgraded to 100kg load dueto poor quality manufacturer.

  33. AndrewStemler | 08/12/2012 at 6:04 pm

    all checks done. 1 set of rings removed due to faulty buckle.
     big negotiation with bar suppliers about inferior stock. to be changed soon.

  34. AndrewStemler | 19/01/2013 at 7:09 pm

    incident at GG during adult gymnasics
    Client at adult gymnastics reports slight pull in upper back after forward roll.Forward roll ok, could have had a bit more leg push to it,  ( had”passed” shoulder stand “test”, and had  good shoulder warmupdecided to rest  and sat out  rest of class, Left early.She had reported  a slight adductor pain at the start of the class.

  35. AndrewStemler | 19/01/2013 at 7:14 pm

    all checks done on all bar systems. poor quality bars removed and replaced.  
    all bar checks done each week, but not loged here. pull up br at gg not suitable for kipping.remedial work to be done this week . Error in erection. Rig bolted through mats. Will now be bolted direct through to the floor

  36. AndrewStemler | 05/03/2013 at 2:42 pm

    all checks up to date: GG rig still not fixed, all fixing bought, mats cut, awaiting proper builder to finish the work off. Safe to pull up on, with a bit of swining, but would probably move laterally a bt too much is 10 100kg guys kipped. Ok for rings.
    One unreported incident, at the feb i-course, client dropped off and landed on a trainers foot , her foot rolled and she landed badly.

  37. AndrewStemler | 25/03/2013 at 10:00 pm

    all bar checks carried out and up to date. Ade added  struts to gales Gardens rig  so much more stable now and safe for kipping. Its  a bit ugly, so “nicer” looking  system to be  put  into  play.( parts obtained and onsite, awaiting a fixture date)
    Phil is investigating getting some better  1st aid kits that can be sealed ( tagged) so we know when people have got into them.
    Both gyms to have a callous kit for niggles: if the 1st aid box is opened and incident just be produced..
    we need to get much better at recording here though.

  38. Philip Rolling | 28/03/2013 at 2:54 pm

    Checked/tightened pull up rig in both rooms of Malcolm Place. 
    Still waiting on update for new first aid/body fluid kits. In the meantime, the callous kits in both gyms will have alcohol wipes and spray bleach in them to clean any equipment.

  39. Philip Rolling | 30/03/2013 at 2:35 pm

    Checked/tightened pull up rig in Gale Gardens. Bought spray bottles of bleach and antiseptic wipes to take care of blood on the bars while we wait for the new kits.

  40. AndrewStemler | 04/04/2013 at 8:11 pm

    Near Miss day…..
    Noticed the plug on the yellow heater was “melting” so its now out of service.
    New time switched wall heaters are being installed in each gym ( like the one over the loo in MP) so instructors can warm up if need be ( so 2 at MP and 2 at GG) In the measure up in the back room, electrician noticed some crushed trunking and  has put the back room clock out of   of service.  to be fixed sat afternoon.


  41. Philip Rolling | 07/04/2013 at 9:23 pm

    Checked the Pull up rig in Malcolm Place on Thursday and at Gale Gardens Saturday Morning. The rig at Gale Gardens has reinforced supports that are now drilled into the floor.

  42. Philip Rolling | 07/04/2013 at 9:24 pm

    The electrician came in Thursday and took the back room clock out of service. We will need to find a location for the 20 KG plates as these are what caused the problem in the first place.

  43. Philip Rolling | 08/04/2013 at 3:56 pm

    New First Aid/Fluid kits ordered. Should arrive by Wednesday.

  44. Philip Rolling | 11/04/2013 at 11:16 am

    New First Aid kits and body fluid kits have arrived. Bleach bottles at Malcolm Place restocked. New first aid kits will be place at Gale Gardens today and scissors will be added to each.

  45. Philip Rolling | 11/04/2013 at 11:15 pm

    Moved the new First Aid kit/Body Fluid kit to Gale Gardens. Checked/tightened the pull up rig in Gale Gardens, and spoke to the builder about the status of the external supports on the rig to clarify how tight wall supports need to be vs floor supports.

  46. philip rolling | 21/04/2013 at 8:49 pm

    Tightened the rig at Malcolm Place. Also had tightened the rig at Gale Gardens last week but didn’t have time to post it.

  47. Philip Rolling | 28/04/2013 at 9:07 pm

    Checked the pull ups rigs at Malcolm Place (front and back room) and Gale Gardens

  48. KatePankhurst | 06/05/2013 at 3:58 pm

    During the CF Total class today, an athlete sustained an injury on a
    second attempt at 140kg deadlift. Pain through low back/right glute area
    and some pain through leg. Athlete told to lie down and cold wet towel
    applied to area. Class finished, and he lay down on floor for an hour as
    standing was very difficult and made him feel nauseous. He called a
    friend and relative to inform them, and request assistance in getting
    home. While waiting, he mentioned that he’d been able to DL 5X130 in the
    past, so 140 wasn’t a big number for him. Also while waiting he decided
    the pain was severe enough for him to go to A&E. At 2.20 his friend
    arrived and we got him into the car, and they went off to A&E. I
    asked them to report to me how he gets on.

  49. philip rolling | 13/05/2013 at 8:29 pm

    Had previously checked the pull up rig in Malcolm place but hadn’t posted it and checked the pull up rig in Gale Gardens as well.

  50. Philip Rolling | 16/06/2013 at 7:36 pm

    Checked/tightened the pull up rig at GG on Thursday and at MP on Sunday.

  51. Philip Rolling | 09/07/2013 at 8:27 pm

    Checked Pull up Rig at MP on Sunday

  52. stevenshrago | 22/07/2013 at 9:40 pm

    Client injured lower back during Elizabeth on Saturday. 
    Client was entering his final nine cleans (60kg) and slightly lost balance coming out of the squat straining spinal erectors in lumbar region. He immediately ceased the workout and lay down. Cold spray applied and instructions given to get home quickly before stiffness set in. Advised contrasting hot/cold treatment on the injured region and rest. 
    Update on Monday: back responding well to ice/anti-inflammatories with gentle stretching and mobility work being slowing introduced.

  53. Philip Rolling | 15/08/2013 at 9:23 am

    Pull up rig check at MP On Monday.

  54. AndrewStemler | 16/08/2013 at 12:52 pm

    client dislocated shoulder yesterday, during snatch ambulance called, 
    client now ok
    We will review the snatch procedure and see if we need to build in extra drills. Well done supervising staff and clients for helping

  55. Philip Rolling | 17/08/2013 at 8:43 pm

    Pull up Rig check in Gale Gardens on Thursday.

  56. KatePankhurst | 31/10/2013 at 7:52 am

    On Tuesday 29 Oct 2013 at Gales Gardens during the 6.30 class, the
    following incident. A workout was in progress involving pullups, with a
    cutoff time of 15 mins. There were 10 in the class, but only 1 or 2
    athletes still working as the cut-off time approached. In the last
    second of time, an athlete who had been kipping, slipped from the bar
    and fell to the floor hitting his head on the floor. I had my back to
    him watching the clock as it happened, but it was observed by the rest
    of the class. Athlete was in pain, but did not lose consciousness. I sat
    him down and he rested for about 15 mins, and was able to chat and
    appeared fine, if shaken. The atmosphere in GG was humid, and the bar
    had become slippery. I asked him at intervals how he felt, how he was
    getting home, if there was anyone at home etc. All ok. I told him if at
    any point he felt dizzy or sick he should go to A&E, and to drop me a
    line to let me know how he was getting on. Two other
    athletes offered to escort him to the station and see him on his way
    home. Emails today from athlete injured:
    “I’m ok thanks. Lessons learnt for next time is more chalk on my hands.” and
    “I’m fine now. I had a mild headache today but that is to be expected.
    I’m taking the next 7 days off so hopefully I’ll be back for next
    Tuesday. ” Have advised him to see a doctor as he has a mild headache.
    Takeaway” advise clients to use plenty of chalk, try to ventilate GG better.

  57. AndrewStemler | 09/02/2014 at 6:05 pm

    @Andrew Stemler   9th feb, client injures his neck putting the yoke down in strongman. We are evaluating the method of putting the yoke down to see if further guidance  can be offered

  58. AndrewStemler | 09/02/2014 at 6:06 pm

    9th feb, client injures his neck putting the yoke down in strongman. We are evaluating the method of putting the yoke down to see if further guidance  can be offered. Ice applied, treated for shock.Ok.  he went to casualty for a 2nd check. All Ok

  59. AndrewStemler | 09/02/2014 at 6:07 pm

    all safety checks up to date and carried out weekly. Rope in back room un-snagged and rehung.

  60. AndrewStemler | 09/02/2014 at 6:10 pm

    i just noticed, I didn’t post this accident here?


     “intermediate  gymnastic class today, client landed on a twisted ankle from a roundoff. He’s struggled to walk so he went to A&E with help.
    It now looks like the bottom of his  fibula is broken and he’s in cast and out of training for a while. 
    It happened on a air track. Very unfortunate as his roundoff is quite good”

  61. AndrewStemler | 18/02/2014 at 11:21 pm

    Today at about 7.35pm during the WOD client  slipped of the pull up bar while doing his T2B He has hit his back and head and stayed on the floor. I had run up to him so did the others and as soon as I saw that he was breathing heavily I have called an ambulance. Anthony cleared everyone away while I was on the phone outside and checking back on James inside. When we sat him up he said he felt really weak in the arm and had bruising with a little bit of blood on his head.
    Ambulance has arrived at 7.52pm checked James and took him to the hospital to monitor. 
    We have called him when we finished classes at 9pm and he said he was fine just had some scans done.

  62. AlexDouglas | 19/02/2014 at 9:46 pm

    19/2/14 Level 2, 10 Malcolm Place. Tom G hit his shin on the box during the WOD. Skin wasn’t broken but it his shin swelled up like an egg. He stopped the WOD early and sat for the next 10 minutes with an ice pack on his shin. When he left he was in pain and limping a bit. 
    I will email him to see how he is doing.

  63. AndrewStemler | 20/02/2014 at 3:42 pm

    action following pull up bar tumble: 

    we will mat the floor with rubber mats  over the next 7 days, and consult with other Crossfit boxes what floor covering they have underneath the pull up bars. Some of the floor bolts are standing proud on all rigs. Ill get these ground down in the same time scale.

    We had some feedback concerning slippery bars.  I think at this stage, encourage clients to check the bar they are using and deploy chalk if needed.

  64. KatePankhurst | 08/03/2014 at 1:26 pm

    Today in the 1030 class at Gales Gardens, client experienced lower back pain after the first few minutes of the WOD (which was KB swings @24kg, squats and burpees) Client stopped immediately, and I asked him to lie face down. Ice applied and rest. He mentioned his back was vulnerable. Afterwards client was able to walk around and then go home. Takeaway- enforce good form and movement in KB swings.

  65. Philip Rolling | 14/03/2014 at 7:05 am

    09/03/2014: Had a disproportionate amount of hand tears in 10:30 L2 class today which prompted me to cut the workout short by a few minutes.

    Earlier in the class we had done some kipping drills for knee to elbow and toes to bar. As the workout was a short AMRAP (12 minutes) with low reps (5) for Toes to Bar, I said that Athletes could practice applying the kipping drills during the workout but reiterated the, “It’s not worth tearing” rule.

    After about 6 minutes into a 12 minute workout, I had an athlete tear their hands, and a few seconds later two more athletes did as well. I capped the workout at 8 minutes and made each athlete wash their hands with soap and applied a temporary bandage.
    I then took both the 10:30 and 11:30 classes aside and explained hand care basics. 

    The 11:30 class did the same kipping drills but I limited them to strict moves hanging off a bar for the workout. No hand injuries to report.

    I followed up with the member who had the worst hand tear who reported no issue. They reported they would take a days off to let their hand heal fully before coming back to class.

    Takeaway: More regular and early exposure to hand care techniques for athletes, smaller doses of kipping drills per class when athletes are still developing technique.

  66. AndrewStemler | 21/03/2014 at 8:43 pm

    coach kate gets a kick in the face while spotting a handstand. nose pinch/ice bag applied. treated fir shock

  67. AndrewStemler | 25/03/2014 at 1:37 pm

    deadlift injury in mondays class. client helped home, and texts ok. investigation undewrway to find out exact cause ( what rep it was on)

  68. AndrewStemler | 09/04/2014 at 6:47 pm

    works under way. all pull up rigs secured ( stabilisation bars  are working free at gales gardens, but they just stop the rig swaying. Its chemically welded to the floor) . slight movement on back room 9 pull up bars, but secure. will review fixings next week. Safe to use.

    bars, weight visibly checked, all ok. 2 boxes taken out of service for repair. Flaking  boxes under review.
    Bolts checked on York  racks.

    ropes and upper rings in back room all pass visible inspection; all other rings, buckles checked.

  69. AndrewStemler | 09/04/2014 at 6:48 pm

    missing a blanket at GG at 10 mp

  70. KatePankhurst | 13/05/2014 at 10:09 pm

    Tonight at Gales Gardens, on the final set of 2 relatively heavy push-presses, client reported a “twinge” in his right knee (in the area of the VMO) He stopped what he was doing and we applied ice. He continued for a short while to do the barbell practice moves for the WOD, but then wisely decided to stop there and go home instead.

  71. AndrewStemler | 19/05/2014 at 4:00 pm

    all check done, 2 boxes still out of commission ( builder “borrwed” the tools, but is bringing them back next week. Had to buy 3 cans of brick coloured graffitti spray as someone started tagging on 9/10 MP, so have sprayed over. looks quiet nice.  all racks checked. all rigs secure. all ropes well fixed.  bars spinning ok. all boxes fine ( except 2 stored by P bars for repair). I need to make a sign that reminds people that safety mats do not make things safe: you can still hurt yourself doing stupid things. Plumbing all ok. some bolts on rigs are still proud and need cutting down, but its on the contractor list, 1st aid kits Ok. but I think i need an extra one for 10MP

  72. AndrewStemler | 19/05/2014 at 7:54 pm

    from 9th may 🙁 in Tim’s Oly Class) client  injured an elbow in the 10.30 Oly class. Working on a snatch complex at 60-80%, he’d done a couple of sets, when he told me that a pain had arisen in his elbow and that he’d stop. He wasn’t aware that he’d ‘done’ anything – the pain just appeared.  I gave him an ice pack which he applied.  Spoke to him before he left and asked him to let me know how he felt later. I’ve subsequent emailed him.

  73. AndrewStemler | 01/06/2014 at 10:55 pm

    Client  lightly twists ankle walking across the floor in front of the  wall bar in the back room at 9 MP. on further investigation,  the underlying metal gutter guard had been twisted. We assume because of a dropped clean or snatch.  Hazard has been exposed  pending repair, but I propose to move the covering  rubber mats so the  gutter cover is clearly visible so people don’t drop heavy weights on it!!

  74. AndrewStemler | 01/06/2014 at 10:57 pm

    Visually checked  rope attachments in Back room. All look ok.

    Rachel will climb up in the next few weeks and do a rattle and bolt tighten test

    One rope is getting ” fluffy” and needs  a replacement with, 3 months.

  75. AndrewStemler | 08/06/2014 at 10:45 am

    electricity audit and PAT underway. 1st aid  staff audit being reassembled after original file lost. Fire exit audit noted GHD pushed in front of fire exit and wire trailing across. Both relocated. warning placed on facebook group

  76. AndrewStemler | 08/06/2014 at 5:24 pm

    rower left in back room pushed over by attempt at moving safety mat. rower topples onto client head, results in head wound. accompanied to hospital, wound glued . Client seems ok, no doubt will have a sore head in the morning God job b Tim and  sara  for 1st aid treatment supported by phil.

    rowers to be stored in correct place in No 10!!

  77. KatePankhurst | 28/06/2014 at 2:19 pm

    After the WOD was completed, athlete was replacing his bar
    in the rack next to the cage. He turned to talk to someone, and
    accidentally crushed his right thumb between 3 bar ends.
    aid given with help from doctor also in class: RICE, then bandage and
    sling to protect it. (there was only a very little blood around the
    thumbnail). He sat down for 20 mins and was able to go home with no
    problems. Am awaiting a report as to how he is doing today.
    Suggestion: The rack in question holds the bars very close
    together. I think it was the same one that someone else came to grief with a few years ago. We
    could swap this out and just keep the light 8kg bars in this one

  78. KatePankhurst | 28/06/2014 at 2:20 pm

    Incident happened at Gales Gardens on Friday 27 June 2014

  79. Sara Bryntesson | 30/06/2014 at 9:51 pm

    One client tweaked his back during deadlifts today (I was looking at him when it happened and form was not an issue) – something recurring he has struggled with for the past few months he said so not initially resulting from the deadlifts. He continued DUs and wasn’t particularly sore.
    Checked on him after class and he was fine but a bit disappointed he couldn’t finish the workout.

  80. KatePankhurst | 01/07/2014 at 10:47 pm

    About halfway through the WOD tonight (a push press/pullup ladder) athlete chipped his front tooth with the bar. He stopped
    immediately. He has a small chip from a front tooth. No pain
    experienced, and has been advised to see a dentist asap
    In the
    same class, another athlete told me she felt nauseous, so decided not to
    do the WOD and went to sit in the kitchen for the last 30 mins. She
    reassured me she was OK to go home without further assistance.
    Am awaiting follow up from both athletes.

  81. KatePankhurst | 02/07/2014 at 10:20 am

    Follow up – both athletes emailed me later that evening to report they were feeling fine. First athlete is going to a dentist asap, other athlete things she had a touch of food poisoning

  82. KatePankhurst | 02/07/2014 at 10:23 am

    Follow up: I have swapped the bar racks around so they lighter 8kg bars are in the smaller one. This still holds the bar tops close/touching and there may still be a small risk of fingers being trapped. But the bars are much lighter so hopefully injury can be avoided. Will put a sign on it saying “Watch your fingers” or something similar.

  83. AndrewStemler | 09/07/2014 at 10:43 pm

    all key klamp rigs checked at mp. all rings checked and visual inspection of back room rope clamp attachmenrs

  84. AndrewStemler | 09/09/2014 at 12:41 pm

    Gymnastics: client twisted her ankle walking down from the crash mat into the air track.
    Her ankle is not broken but she sprained it . Taken to casualty for a check (31st August)

  85. AndrewStemler | 09/09/2014 at 12:42 pm

    all appliances, bars, rigs checked > Pac up to date, 1st aid boxes checked

  86. AndrewStemler | 15/09/2014 at 10:46 pm

    report from Carolyns client with Ramp observation
    Client was in my class tonight, he went to go and get a box from the back room for the WOD and slipped down the ramp as he came back through, well fell off the side that isn’t across the whole door way.
    He fell and somehow hurt his shoulder..
    We put ice on it, and told him to take a few packs home and take ibruprofen, if it doesn’t ease off in the next few days, go to physio.
    He should be ok, hopefully, but thought you should know…I do spend my life falling down that whole when dragging boxes through from the back room to the front.

    I think ill get a quote to infill this . ( this was part of the original building!!)

  87. KatePankhurst | 29/09/2014 at 2:18 pm

    Athletes were in pairs at racks working up to a heavy set of 2 split jerks. Athlete failed a 40kg jerk and dropped the bar onto her thigh. I didn’t see the incident, but her work partner did. Applied ice and rest. Athlete said she felt OK and was able to continue the class and completed the WOD. Still sore, so advised more ice and rest and to monitor it. If it feels worse to see a doctor.
    Takeaway – remind athletes to step back out of the way promptly if failing an overhead lift

  88. AndrewStemler | 31/10/2014 at 10:37 pm

    31s ocy. recording last weeks inspection all rigs  and ropes inspected all.ok. Some ground bolts re tightened.

    3 GG  has  a loose side strut that performs no function,  re checked  tonight, plan to remove it.

  89. AndrewStemler | 04/12/2014 at 7:02 pm

    insurance documents not on display!! new copies to be put up tomorrow away from where people use the wall to do handstand push ups!!. 1st aid boxes to be audited at 9 and 3 .

    30 nov. all pull up rigs ok

  90. AndrewStemler | 04/12/2014 at 7:03 pm

    chasing quote from septembers report. back fire escape cleared of weeds to make exit safer.

  91. AndrewStemler | 05/12/2014 at 12:20 pm

    just reviewing fire assessment. Inspite of xmas period, our  fire load remains low. the 3 heaters switch off automatically after 5 minutes.

  92. AndrewStemler | 07/12/2014 at 12:02 pm

    1st aid box at 9MP audited, all fine! Callous kit topped up, but more needed.  Ice packs re stocked.

  93. Joe | 08/12/2014 at 3:34 pm

    Saturday L4 twisted/turned ankle during box-jumps. Injury raised and ice-packs applied. Sore but ‘walk-on-able’. Will keep an eye.

  94. AndrewStemler | 08/01/2015 at 9:10 pm

    report from client.

    “I went to A&E last night due to continued abdominal pain which started about a day after doing the Annie WOD on Friday 2nd Jan.  Don’t be alarmed, I’m fine now but thought I would let you know that I was diagnosed with and treated for rhabdomyolysis.
    The DOMS started late Saturday which I was expecting and trained as normal over the weekend.  Very sore abs on Monday though, hurt to stand up straight, but the intense pain subsided a bit on Tuesday and trained that evening.  Abs still sore on Wednesday.  Got home from work and saw that I was a bit swollen and (sorry for the detail) noticed slight blood in my pee.  Took myself straight to A&E

    After a bit of discussion / persuasion with the consultant, a blood test was ordered which showed elevated CK (protein) level so IV hydration was started.  A second test this morning showed still elevated CK level but it’s dropping.  No kidney damage thank goodness.  I was discharged and have a follow up blood test on Monday.

    I’ve been ordered off exercise for at least two weeks and to start back really slowly after that.
    I didn’t feel like I was working particularly more intensely during that and subsequent WODs, I’ve pushed through worse before.  Never connected that the eccentric part of sit ups are like “negatives” and certainly didn’t think I could get rhabdo from that type and level of exercise.

  95. Marie | 09/01/2015 at 5:49 pm

    AndrewStemler interestingly, I also had very sore abs after Annie. Not unsurprisingly, as I am generally bad at sit-ups, and had come back after a long hiatus – so I did take it easy. Nevertheless, much longer / more severe DOMS than I’d ever had before. Hope he/she gets better soon! 

    PS: I love the transparency of your box, Andrew. Nice to be in the area now 🙂

  96. AndrewStemler | 11/01/2015 at 7:27 pm

    We had an injury in Strongman this morning.  Client  injured his shoulder/bicep on a axle bar clean.  Not a heavy weight for him at all, just heard a snap.  Iced it immediately with two ice bags and compressed it.  Ian was there so took him to A&E where they x-rayed it and suggested it was not a bicep rupture but possible tear.  he is booked in for specialist treatment Friday.
    Sufficient warm up was done, movement had been done before and weight was light.  Freak injury.

  97. AndrewStemler | 11/01/2015 at 7:28 pm

    injury report From Level 2 Saturday

    Whilst setting up racks for heavy push presses, client  caught her hand in between the adjusting part of the rack and the stand. She sustained a small cut on her palm and was bleeding but not a huge amount. A small part of her palm was also swollen. As a result of this she wasn’t able to continue with the class as it was too swollen and painful. An ice pack was given to her to help with the swelling and she ran her hand under some cold water but did not want a bandaid. A short while after she left class to go home and rest.

  98. AndrewStemler | 16/01/2015 at 11:19 pm

    report from SARA: client felt  sharp pain in top of Achilles all of a sudden during double unders. Stopped the WOD and sat it out until the end of the class.
    Worse today. I had a quick look at it and based on the type of pain and location I would say potentially a smaller Achilles tear.
    Rest, no stretch, and compression advised + to have it properly investigated.

  99. KatePankhurst | 01/02/2015 at 2:41 pm

    Saturday 31 Jan L2 classes. WOD 200 KB swings plus 5 BP EMOM. No injuries to report per se, but counts as near misses. 3 clients asked to sub KBS for another move (gladly supplied), as they had history of injuring their back with this movement.

  100. AlexDouglas | 01/02/2015 at 3:15 pm

    KatePankhurst injured doing Russian swings? What would you sub for Russian swings? I can’t think of a lower impact movement, that is actually an exercise. It’s like subbing an air squat

  101. AndrewStemler | 08/02/2015 at 8:36 pm

    back alley filling up with junk and  on verge of being blocked. will attend to this week. ropes ok, pull up bars ok.  Tightened  bolt on  squat rack. Surprised it worked loose. Have decided i want a 1st aid  at 10MP. Trying to resource a resuci-Annie for regular CPR practice at the E2 venues

  102. KatePankhurst | 09/02/2015 at 2:25 pm

    After completing the warm up of 2R of 10 KB swings, gob lunges and
    gob squats for quality, Client was putting his 16kg KB back. He says he
    swung it out to the side. Pain in his low back left side. Immediately
    placed him prone with ice pack on affected area and covered with blanket
    for 15 mins. Asked him to walk around, showed him mobility exercises,
    and instructed to rest from Crossfit, apply more ice on and off for next
    48 hours. He took no further part in the class, and was able to walk to
    bus stop.
    Takeaway: always pick up/put down KB using correct deadlift form and movement.

  103. Philip Rolling | 18/02/2015 at 8:44 am

    Athlete missed catching a wall ball with the palms of their hand and it caught their index finger on the way down. Immediately had the athlete stop the work out.
    Checked that there was no visible damage to the hand and asked them to demonstrate full movement and control of the finger, which they were able to do.
    Had Athlete sit out remaining workout with an ice pack on their hand. Told Athlete to keep applying ice, take a day off and tape up their index and middle finger to protect index finger for the next few days.
    Emailed athlete to check on status and am awaiting a reply.
    No real way to avoid this, this was just a fluke when catching the wall ball.

  104. AndrewStemler | 19/02/2015 at 8:47 pm

    this looks useful to review and keep in mind

  105. AndrewStemler | 22/02/2015 at 8:16 pm

    Part of Yoke Drops off mid use: 

    “Very strange as it sheared straight off. Can’t figure out if it’s due to the torque created when it twists but they were supposed to be tested up to 300kg and we’ve only ever been to 250kg.  One of the pictures shows the break and the other shows where the other side of the yoke has bent and is near breaking.
    It’s very lucky client  didn’t hurt himself and I imagine if it had been a beginner it could have been worse.  He is a strong lad and reacted well.  I’m a bit scared to use the other one in case it happens again which is a shame as yoke carries are probably one of the most popular movements in class”
    This is now under investigation: and we are liaising with the very reputable supplier!

  106. AndrewStemler | 17/03/2015 at 2:14 pm

    noticed securing bolts loosening on the york racks after heavy squats. Can everyone visually look at the bolts before lifting ?  I check every week anyway, but, id like everyone to be aware

  107. AndrewStemler | 20/03/2015 at 3:59 pm

    a late report this week. All bolts tightened, rigs inspected:   report from Gymnastic recieved by email (13 March) from MAtteo

    “today an italian girl, she was part of the first class, she’s quite nice and i ask her to try the second level class , she got nice skills and she can join it.
    Unlucky , in the middle of the training she were conditioning for the aerial (no hand cartwheel) doing a cartwheel over a mattress, felt pain in the tibialis muscles,and she hold her leg, a bit lower than the knee,  i stop her from the training and we put some ice in it , after a few minutes she was fine , but i let her to just watching the end of the lesson.
    She walk away on her own , without problem but i told her to go for a check if she feel pain tomorrow, i don’t think is nothing serious, but i prefer anyway telling you what’s happened!”

  108. AndrewStemler | 13/04/2015 at 1:31 pm

    We reviewed the rings today and found that one set had been  taken off rehung and were re hung wrongly. If the correct procedure isnot used, the rings will slip. If you don’t know, don’t touch , here is how  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrYa54XoFVk

  109. AndrewStemler | 10/05/2015 at 9:29 pm

    in the morning, a client   sprained her ankle, she went away in her own,but I used 2 bags of ice to reduce the swollen! ankle. ( from Matteo)

  110. KatePankhurst | 20/05/2015 at 12:14 pm

    Last night At Metcon in Gales Gardens. Client stumbled on a box doing step-overs. Grazed and bruised right knee and left shin (though no blood) Applied ice. Client stopped training and went home immediately. Have checked and she is OK today. No fault, just a momentary lapse of attention.

  111. AndrewStemler | 24/05/2015 at 7:07 pm

    report from todays gymnastic session
    today when we were warming up for level 2 class at 11.30  a client had a small back injury, nothing bad I think he just pulled a bit a muscle, everyone was warm before do the bridge but probably he put too much effort in it and he had to stop his lesson earlier!I suggested him to do a bit of stretching to reassess the muscles and avoid High  impact moves for now!

  112. AndrewStemler | 27/05/2015 at 3:00 pm

    folow up on Sundays level 2  a 2nd incident :  A lady who came for the level 2 and she ask me to stay for the level 3 as well, after we start the session she told me to have already some back problem since she was kid doing gymnastic.
    She did not that bad landing trying a front tuck(assisted, she just land on her bum)  in the airtrack.I can say she told me that the landing was a bit too heavy for her back conditions.  I told her to stop the training, if she needed ice, and to stretch her back,but she wanted to try again a back handspring ( successfully spot and landed in the airtrack) then she stop and left the lesson.I didn’t report anything because she said to be already injured since she was young.
    She left the session on her own.  And we didn’t call any doctor /ambulance at the time because she seemed fine.
    As you know gymnastics isn’t easy and need preparation.  All person in the course were well worm and assisted individually one by one for level 2  and a little more independent for the level 3/4 but still carefully supervised and correct in techniques.About the person who got injured the same day was the guy who just did a bridge during the warm up. Who I sent you a mail about.

  113. KatePankhurst | 30/05/2015 at 5:45 pm

    About 7 thrusters into the WOD today, client hit his
    mouth with the bar. He chipped a front tooth. There was no blood, but
    client was in pain, and stopped working immediately. He managed to get a
    dentist appointment same day.
    A moment of inattention, but warn clients to pay take care to retreat head as the bar passes upwards in a thruster.

  114. AndrewStemler | 04/06/2015 at 10:03 am

    rhabdo :  client now ok, but we are reviewing the trend of “mini wods” as warm ups:

    The first of two WODs was 25-20-15-10-5 PU 50-40-30-20-10 DUs (alternating ladder with 10 mins cap if memory serves) – I found the PUs pretty tough, but I broke down to manageable sets of 5 after I started and found  +10s uncharacteristically tough.  Here the common factors was a returning athlete after  a break.

  115. AndrewStemler | 30/06/2015 at 8:28 pm

    Accident from Sunday. 10:30-11:30 Class.
    During a set of Hang Squat Snatch drills with light weight, an athlete dropped a 20KG barbell with 5KG plates (30KG tota) on the back of his head while at the bottom of the Snatch.
    Immediately lay the athlete down, checked for signs of bleeding, acute pain in the neck or skull, dizziness or nausea which where all negative.
    Athele was responsive but in shock from the impact. Ice was immediately applied to the head and neck, as well as the right knee which had gotten banged against the floor.
    Checked both neck and knee and had athlete work their way to a standing postion to confirm that they could move normally and weren’t experiencing any other effects (dizziness or coordination issues) from the impact of the bar.
    Called Andrew to let him know about the incident, and confirmed that biggest issue seemed to be shock but that I would call emergency services if the athlete requested it or took a turn for thw worse.
    Athlete was able to walk around normally (barring some knee pain) but still displayed some mild shock. Kept the athlete next to me for the remainder of class and half the follow up class, confirmed that the shock had worn off and that they weren’t showing any further signs of a potential concussion and made sure they were spending the day with someone.
    Followed up with athlete after class and the next day who confirmed they were ok barring a bit of soreness.
    will need to replace 4 ice packs in the gym.
    Could this have been avoided? – Not really
    The Athlete is competent, knows how to bail out of lifts and has worked with much heavier weights on the snatch then what he had on the bar.
    When speaking to the Athlete afterwards, the response was, “i’m not sure what happened, I had it, then I didn’t have  it.”

  116. AndrewStemler | 05/07/2015 at 9:55 pm

    complaint, via tower hamlets health and safety,  about gym members running in the road. Obviously when running out we brief clients ( look both ways etc etc),  New people follow experienced etc but do make sure we don’t “frighten” other pavement users,  Give pram pushers/ older people a wider berth, If you are vulnerable, people running by can be intimidating.  Bear this in mind.

  117. AndrewStemler | 21/07/2015 at 10:15 am

    injury in class last night. client injured his ankle. He dropped off the (low) bar on the 10 MP rig after completing a set of pull ups and turned his ankle as he did so. He informed me immediately and stopped the class. I gave him an ice pack, applied with foot raised. Some slight localised swelling. He told me that he was OK to get home. I gave him a second ice pack to use at home with instructions to keep it elevated and get it x-rayed if there was further swelling and/or pain endured. Dropped him an email this morning to check on him – no reply yet.

  118. Andrew Stemler | 10/09/2015 at 9:37 am

    Injury in L2 class at 10 Malcolm Place tonight. ” client” dislocated her shoulder during warm up. We were on second drill which was “spiderman” walks. We have done this many times before. It is a slow movement ideal for warming up shoulders, hips and hammies. Got client to sit down and apply ice pack (from arch 9 couldn’t find any in arch 10). Called cab to take Laura to A&E. She was xrayed and then her shoulder went back in by itself. I will keep in touch with her to see how she is recovering.

    douglas [10:22 PM]
    She was back home within 90 mins of going to A&E at Royal London

    internal review: box with ice packs in at No 10 to be made more obvious

  119. Andrew | 16/10/2015 at 1:04 pm

    FIRE AUDIT UPDATE: we were reviewing the fire audit today. We noticed that in 10 Malcolm place there is not a visible emergency light ( I’ve contacted the electrician to install and clarify ). WE will obtain a temporary torch. THe back door requires a key to open the rear alley way door. A visible note is to be placed above the key.

    As far as fire evacuation procedure goes, we don’t have a documented process that shows we have formally trained the instructors in the basics . We will email this procedure to our trainers
    1) in the event of fire Rase the alarm by voice and the manual fire alarm
    2) Direct the occupants under your responsibility across the road to the park fence opposite as an assembly point
    3) Ensure the instructors and occupants of the arch next door are aware
    4) Fight the fire if reasonable to do so take no risks The fire extinguishers for 9 and 10 are by the loo in No9 ( do check you know where they are) are .

    Being overly cautious, we will stage a formal fire/1st aid/ catastrophe scenario every quarter to refresh CPR, review the hazards and pressure test the team ( leading to a fun session after !!!)

    It seems we do not need another fire extinguisher in N 10, but i intend to get one anyway.

  120. Andrew Stemler | 25/10/2015 at 7:47 pm

    Report from Matte re gymnastics : clients doing a front spring lading in a safety mattress she sprained her ankle landing with her bottom on it and now she’s slightly swollen, she walk away on her own and she understands that unlucky things like that can happen in gymnastic!

  121. Andrew Stemler | 03/01/2016 at 12:50 pm

    Athlete tweaked his back during a 40kg deadlift in the 12 Days of Christmas WOD, about 10 mins in. He stopped immediately, I applied ice pack and asked him to lie face down which he did for 10 mins or so. He was able to stand upright after a further 20 mins and was walking almost normally by 2pm. He declined my offer to call a friend/taxi to get him home (10 mins walk away) and against my strong objection, rode his motorbike home. I emailed him and he is home safe but still in pain. Have advised that If the pain and immobility persists or gets worse, then get to a GP asap who can hopefully prescribe appropriate painkillers and anitinflammatories
    Ryan is generally fit and strong and tells me he trains CrossFit/gymnastics almost every day, but hasn’t hurt his back before. Have advised that this is probably too much training and he should build in rest days
    The class were warmed up appropriately, and all barbell moves were drilled and practiced There was time to increase weights to a power snatch weight. Potential hazards were emphasised including a strong instruction to keep good form through the deadlifts: even though they would be relatively light, it’s still possible that a moment of inattention or loss of form can result in a tweak. This seems to be what occurred in this case.
    Takeaway: even more emphasis on keeping good form in all movements especially when tired.

  122. Andrew Stemler | 24/01/2016 at 10:54 pm

    24/1/2016 all weekly checks done. Includes bolt and ring straps and rope attachments in particular. WEights relocated from 10 MP shelf to back wall to avoid overloading the structure. During the week the 2nd strongman yoke broke in the same place as the last one in spite of suppliers assurances that the last was a one off unique incident. Supplier Black listed. 2 boxes removed for basic re-screw repair. today dew point meant some slippy floors, Fan plus mats removed the risk. 1st aid relocated to visible shelf in 10 MP. we have instituted some basic painting and repair to keep the place a bit nicer before our big move. Some difficulty in getting back room users through the front class, so reviewing procedures tomorrow.

  123. Andrew | 03/03/2016 at 11:37 pm

    Report from Matteo ( 3 march 2016) unlucky today a girl, got a sprained ankle while she was performing a round off back flip, even if I put 3 safety mats close to each other she landed between the 2 mats with her right leg.
    She’s going for a check tonight but for what I could see its just a sprain.
    Hopefully nothing more than that!

  124. Andrew | 03/03/2016 at 11:38 pm

    defibrillator bought and installed. bigger1st aid kit obtained

  125. Andrew Stemler | 19/03/2016 at 9:01 pm

    from todays gymnastics session

    i want to advise you that a client had an injury today doing straight jump on the airtrack. He probably didn’t keep the leg straight and tight and he felt pain on his knee. He was able to walk a little bit and he came back home on his feet. The knee looks ok, it didn’t get warm or blister.

  126. Kate | 12/04/2017 at 9:26 am

    Once the warmup and wod run through was completed, the athletes started on their first wod. Barely a minute later an athlete reported a pain in her left hamstring and stopped. She was performing Curtis Ps.
    I applied an ice pack and asked her to sit out and monitor it. She said she was warm enough having cycled to the gym, as well as the class warm up. She said she’d had a series of minor injuries which was frustrating her training. 20 mins later she was able to leave to cycle home. I’m awaiting her report on how she feels this morning.
    Athlete is a regular strong athlete with a 3/4 a week package

    In the 7.30 Metcon, about 30 mins in, an athlete mis-stepped a box jump and scraped her shin. No blood, just bruising. I sat her out with an ice pack, but she was keen and able to rejoin the wod after about 10 mins rest. No further apparent harm.

    Both athletes advised RICE and monitor for worsening symptoms

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