Weight lifting injuries

Tom Lee
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Many people are heading to gyms to get their body fit and toned to show off for summer vacation.

Weight training has become more popular among men and women, but it's also leading to many injuries.

A new study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows nearly one million people ended up in the emergency rooms from 1990 to 2007.

One group of people may be at greater risk of injury due to lack of experience.

"New people starting out they're trying to get that Hollywood beach body. Starting out they don't really know what they're doing. They start doing workout such as body builds. Arnold Schwarz trying to be like him. That could get them hurt."

Experts say the best way to prevent injury is proper technique, without it you could be in for a serious world of hurt.

"Maybe trying to do too much too soon. Their body's not ready for it. I think the main thing is a lack of good instruction. I would recommend getting with a good personal trainer, or athletic trainer or strength and conditioning coach."

Hulsey says you shouldn't be afraid of weight training and the rewards outweigh the risks.

"Some of the benefits include increased bone density, which is really big for older individuals. It helps prevent osteoporosis. It helps with mobility. It helps with strength muscular endurance, muscular flexibility, all of those things."

Simple rules such as lifting with your legs, and not your back and using a spotter could also help protect your body during weight lifting.