The 2017 CrossFit Regionals has been dominated by the number of pec injuries. Dave Castro visited the West Regional and during Event 1, Heat 2 he addressed the situation.
“Well I hate to see all the injuries. I don’t ever program them. We don’t ever program them. We don’t ever create an event where we want to see injuries. It’s very unfortunate. That being said, I don’t think it was inappropriate. I don’t regret programming it. I think we possibly might have exposed some deficiencies in training. I’m not going to say that is the reason why. I think that is a component of it.
“It’s not a crazy ask and it’s not a crazy standard. 21-15-9 ring dips compared with other classic CrossFit workouts have been in the community for a long time. The movement, the ring dip, has been around for a long time. We actually even did the ring dip a few years at Regionals…2014 with the same standards. It really pains me to see people getting injured on it, but it doesn’t make me think that we made a mistake.
“Also, at the end of the day it’s still 90-95% of the field is finishing and don’t have any issues with it. So an overwhelming majority are having, the best in the world are having no issues with it. Some of them have to. I don’t want to make that statement as if not the best are getting injured because some of the best are getting bit by this.
“Another factor I want to add, you know. I saw someone make a statement about all the pec tears. There’s pec injuries. They’re definitely not all pec tears and there’s a whole spectrum of injury that we’ve seen, but they’re not all just blanket pec tear, they need to go get surgery now.”
Castro would continue to give some examples of pec tears over the past couple weeks. You can listen to all of Dave Castro’s comments in the video below.