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How dangerous are treadmills? - 24,000 people injured in USA l;ast year!!!

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It will surprise no-one familiar with the relentless whir of a treadmill to learn they were once used to a punish inmates in 19th century British workhouses.

Now, of course, no self-respecting gym is without one. They are comfortably the best-selling piece of gym equipment in the US.

They appeal to everyone from amateurs to Olympians, if nothing else, because it may seem a far more comfortable option than pounding the streets in the depth of winter.

But how safe are they?

The question has been raised by the sudden death of Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Dave Goldberg, who was found lying next to a machine at a Mexican resort.

 

http://m.bbc.com/news/health-32594556


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Firstly you have to question if they are being used correctly, is the speed set too high for the user to handle! It is user set so any problems must first point towards the user.

Are they reducing the speed when they have finished or just stopping the machine or jumping off while still in motion.

Are they more unsafe than pounding the streets, probably not especially with the state of our pavements.

 

 

I don't think they are any more unsafe than any other form of fitness equipment, so don't worry BF, keep treading and live a hundred years :)

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ours has an emergency stop cord, if you go too far back it pulls out and stops


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if ive been helpful kick my scales, if ive been unhelpful kick the scales of the person more helpful :eek:

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You also have to factor in the stupidity of Americans :)

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