Resistance Band Injuries: An individual at a fitness facility was working out with a resistance band when the band broke and struck him in the face, severely injuring his right eye. Luckily the main impact from the band hit him above the eye and not directly on the eye or he most likely would have lost his eye. The force from the snapping band was enough to cut him significantly enough that he required stitches.
Resistance Bands Can Be Dangerous
The use of resistance bands in exercise has increased dramatically over the years and can be found in fitness facilities across the country. They are effective, inexpensive, and easy to use. Resistance bands do pose hazards, as all fitness equipment does, when not to treated and used properly.
The two main dangers involved with resistance band training are breaking of the band or letting go of an end while under tension. The result of both these actions can cause the end of the band to snap toward the user violently and potentially inflict serious damage.
Safe Use Tips for Resistance Bands
Resistance bands can break down over time due to normal wear and tear from use. It is important to inspect resistance bands frequently to ensure they are in safe operating condition. Also, many of the injuries from resistance band exercises come from improper use. Please make sure the rules for safe use are posted and that members follow them.
- Never release a resistance band while under tension. A release under tension can cause the band to snap back toward the user and result in significant injury.
- Begin all exercises slowly to ensure band strength.
- Avoid jerking the band.
- Inspect bands and handles before every use. Check for cuts, nicks, scratches, cracks, punctures, discoloration, or anything that looks like the band may be weakened in that area. If any flaws are discovered discard the band immediately and never attempt to repair a damaged band.
- Do not place the resistance band handles over feet. They can easily slip off and strike the user.
- Never stretch a resistance band over 2.5 times their length.
- Do not exercise with resistance bands on uneven surfaces
- Resistance bands are not toys and should never be used for any activity other then the specific exercises they were designed for.
Storage and Care of Resistance Bands
Resistance bands can be a great and inexpensive exercise tool, but as with any piece of fitness equipment, proper maintenance is a critical aspect to ensure safe and proper function.
- Clean bands by wiping with a damp cloth.
- Do not use soap or any cleaning products to clean bands as these can deteriorate the strength of the band.
- Avoid storing bands near direct sunlight.
- Keep stored bands away from heat sources.
- Bands should not be stored outside or in cold environments.
- The ends of the band where the handles are connected to the band are the weak areas and should be checked before every use for damage.