Mom Horribly Injured While Simply Trying to Work on Her Fitness

people running on treadmillWhen you go to the gym, you most likely want to "feel the burn," but few of us want to feel it like Yvonne Myers recently did. The 57-year-old mother-of-four from England recently suffered serious injuries from a treadmill accident that has left her shaken and scarred.


Myers credited her treadmill workouts with helping her unwind from her job sitting for hours behind the wheel as a traveling sales executive. But when she recently got on the machine at her gym, she thought she was "on a static surface, but was immediately thrown to the ground," she tells the Daily Mail. Turns out, the previous user had left the machine on.

She elaborates:

I tried to get up while my skin thrashed against the surface, but it was almost impossible. I was thrown off the end. My nose and face were cut to pieces and my arms were throbbing from burns. I also had a gash on my forehead. I looked as though I’d been in a fight.

Myers was taken to an area hospital to have her injuries addressed, and six months later, she still has a scar on her forehead.

The scary thing is that she is not alone in discovering that the most popular piece of exercise equipment at the gym may also be the most dangerous.

According to estimates from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 24,000 people in the U.S. each year are injured seriously enough while exercising on treadmills to be sent to the hospital. Sadly, these injuries are sometimes fatal, as we all learned following the recent death of Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg’s husband David Goldberg from a treadmill-related fall.

The most common form of injury from treadmills is broken bones, likely from people falling off the moving belt, but friction injuries, heart attacks, and even rectal bleeding have also shown up as frequent injury types.

Despite these risks, of course not exercising at all has even more potential negative effects on your health, so you shouldn’t give up the treadmill if that is your preferred form of exercise.

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Instead, you can take certain precautions to stay safe on the treadmill. Experts at Runner’s World magazine recommend minimizing distractions (don’t watch TV or gawk at other gym-goers, and make sure your shoelaces are tied before you begin and your headphones are in place), controlling your speed, and keeping kids a safe distance away from the treadmill.

Myers will recover from her injuries, but that doesn't mean there isn't an even longer lasting effect for her. She tells the Daily Mail:

I have a real fear of using a treadmill again. I just don’t think people realize how dangerous they are. I don’t want to be defeated by this and exercise is so important, but I shudder to think how badly hurt I could have been.

Who could blame her?

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