Although, treadmills are very useful and relatively safe, accidents happen. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, 24.000 injuries were related to treadmills. All of them required medical care. The situation is even more severe for children. In 2009, 20.000 kids under age 18 were injured during treadmill workout at home. In order to protect yourself and prevent possible injuries, you will have to know certain things.
You will have to drink water while exercising. Also, many of us like listening to music. If you have a water bottle or iPhone, iPod, make sure they are in a stable position, so they cannot bounce off and make you trip. Many treadmills have a string that ‘’connects’’ you and a treadmill. This is done so if you start to fall off the treadmill, it should bring the machine to a stop. You also have a kill switch, which you should use as soon as you notice that you will fall off the treadmill.
The space is also very important. If you use a treadmill at home, make sure you have enough space behind you. If you are using a treadmill at the gym, avoid those that are close to walls. When a person falls off a treadmill, he/she tend to panic. Because our instinct says to us that we must grab anything that we can reach, those people tend to grab the handrail. At that time, the belt is still running. This will cause banged-up knees and scrapes. Also, it can cause a muscle strain. The solution is to let go and fell on your back. Now you can see why a wall behind you can be dangerous.