Injuries from exercise equipment like treadmills one of most common causes of ED visits

USA Today reports that data collected by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that “serious injuries involving exercise equipment” are some of the most common injuries seen in emergency departments. The data indicate that treadmill injuries are particularly common and sent 19,000 people to the ED in 2009.

Treadmill injuries included broken bones, abrasions, rectal bleeding, and people developing chest pain while working out on the machines, according to a review of the CPSC data base system.

SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, who authorities says suffered severe head trauma after slipping from a treadmill, comes nearly six years after the 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson died in a treadmill accident at her home in Phoenix Ariz. She had been strangled by a cord connected to the machine.


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