Danes increasingly injuring themselves at fitness centres

Squat-related exercises the main culprit

In just a few short years, the number of Danes injuring themselves at fitness centres nationwide has skyrocketed, according to new figures from insurance firm Top Danmark.

The figures showed that the number of people who reported sustaining an injury following a fitness session increased by 30 percent to 276 last year.

“We can see a clear rise in the number of people who injure themselves in connection with training at fitness centres,” Jens Langergaard, the head of communications at Top Danmark, told Metroxpress newspaper.

“Typically, it’s a younger person who hurts their back in a squat-related exercise. They try to lift too many kilos.”

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Third most injuries
Langergaard revealed that the fitness injuries reported this year are on pace to pass the 300 mark and thus surpass handball as the activity responsible for the third most injuries in Denmark annually.

An estimated 800,000 Danes attend fitness centres on a regular basis.