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Gym injuries bring more pain to the exercise game

A ‘pretty extreme’ case

Tepfer is not alone in gym injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 503,400 exercise and exercise equipment-related injuries in 2016. Karla Crosswhite, a spokeswoman for the commission, said most of these injuries happened when people were using weightlifting equipment, and the majority of injuries were sprains or strains. 

In rare cases, the injuries can lead to death, such as that of Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook chief operation officer Sheryl Sandberg. Goldberg died in 2015 after falling off a treadmill and hitting his head.

Akwasi Boah, a doctor with Texas Back Institute, called Tepfer’s case “pretty extreme.” 

“But gym injuries, in general, happen every day,” said the doctor, who treated Tepfer. 

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