Originally Posted by Bryan Kemper
What is the true incidence of Crossfit induced rhabdo cases? Of the number of Crossfit workouts that have occurred over the past ten years, how many individuals have actually, medically been diagnosed with rhabdo? How many workouts have been done by how many people that have not had an occurrence of rhabdo.
I don't deny that 107 cases that you have been able to data mine over the internet is significant, but what does that mean from a statistical or epidemiological point of view? The only person that I have known to have been diagnosed with a mild case of rhabdo was the result of a Spinning class.
PS...I can't view your attachments from this computer, so I really don't know what the 107th case is at this point, but it really would not change my viewpoint.
Maybe a better question is how many "CrossFitters" have had at least mild cases of rhabdo...or came dangerously close to inducing rhabdo...that didn't know it. When I first started CrossFit and before I opened my own affiliate, I did a workout at another local affiliate that left my abs swollen and extremely sore for almost 2 weeks. I urine never turned brown, but apparently that symptom is not always present. That was 3 years ago. At the time, i had never heard of rhabdo, and if i didn't have a mild case of it, it had to have been right on the edge. I also remember doing workouts such as "Eva" that left my biceps and lats so sore that I could barely wash my face and hair. Luckily, I am not so stupid as to continue such workouts.