Rhabdomyolysis: A breakdown of muscle tissue that releases a damaging protein into the blood. People may experience:
Pain: in the muscles
Whole body: exhaustion, fatigue, inability to exercise, water-electrolyte imbalance, or body ache
Muscular: muscle weakness or delayed onset muscle soreness
Urinary: dark urine or insufficient urine production
Also common: cramping or kidney damage
Early treatment with aggressive fluid replacement reduces the risk of kidney damage.
Coaches Notes: We have recently had a client get diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis. People, this is not a thing to play around with! I fell victim to this condition my very first week CrossFitting back in 2010. There are many factors that lead to this condition and you cannot blame the person, intensity, coaching, or programming. Rhabdo usually comes from a combination of the above-mentioned not communicating or being communicated. Please understand you need to know how to scale your workouts for YOUR particular level of athleticism. If you have not done a deadlift in years, attempting to lift 100kgs for 100 reps is NOT a good idea. Typically Rhabdo creeps up in the weaker extremities (i.e arms) more so than the larger muscle groups, so please be weary of muscular fatigue during WODs.
Let’s work together to make sure this does not happen to anymore of us! Support and encourage each other, but also hold each other accountable! Form over frequency, smarter, not harder. Less, is more!