We usually try to stay on the positive side of things, but this story brings up a very important aspect of the kind of fitness that CrossFit builds. On June 30, CrossFit HQ Staff Member and Seminar Trainer Miranda Oldroyd was t-boned at an intersection. Paramedics who witnessed the accident said her strong musculature probably saved her life. But UNBELIEVABLY, despite complaints of neck pain, the ER docs did not X-ray her neck. After nearly 3 weeks of walking around, trying to get her neck to loosen up, and doing light workouts, she learned she that her C2 vertebrae was in 3 PIECES!!! Again, her advanced musculature literally saved her from death or life in a wheelchair!
And while Miranda’s story is incredible and certainly positive, the message it sends is less so: life is dangerous. The possibilities of us or our loved ones being attacked, being injured, or fighting illness are far more real than we like to think about. And what about the potential for catastrophy? St. Louis is frightfully close to the New Madrid Fault. FEMA estimates of a quake magnitude of 7.7 or greater would result in 86,000 casualties, including 3,500 fatalities; 715,000 damaged buildings; and 7.2 million people displaced across the impacted area!