Teen Girls Working Out (and Getting Hurt!) Way More Often
Injuries among teen girls resulting from using free weights and machines in the gym climbed a staggering 143 percent from 1990 to 2007. It's awesome so many girls are adopting an active lifestyle, but for your own safety, you should be properly supervised by a trainer or employee while working out until you're confident you have the swing of things.
"Twenty years ago, weight training for high school athletes was not a major aspect of being on a team, but now for most high schoolers it's very important," explains Christy Collins, co-author of the study.
It's not just teen girls who are hurting themselves -- men and boys still comprise the majority of gym injuries. But girls suffered more sprains and crushed fingers than boys. For both sexes, the majority of injuries occur with free weights. Since your body is constantly growing and changing, consult a doctor or professional before you begin working out with heavier weights.