In CrossFit, as in any physical activity, it’s important to distinguish between being hurt and being injured. The difference lies in the severity and extent of the damage to your body.

Being hurt generally refers to experiencing discomfort or pain during or after exercise, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious injury. For example, feeling soreness in your muscles after a workout is normal and can be a sign that you’re challenging yourself appropriately. It’s also possible to experience minor injuries, such as bruises or small cuts, that don’t require medical attention but may cause some discomfort.

On the other hand, being injured means that you’ve sustained significant damage to your body that may require medical attention and rest to heal properly. This can include sprains, strains, fractures, and more serious injuries that limit your ability to move or perform certain activities.

If you’re unsure whether you’re hurt or injured, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and seek medical advice. Ignoring an injury or pushing through the pain can lead to further damage and prolong your recovery time.