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Think Twice About That Next Tough Mudder Race


Want an arctic enema? Electroshock therapy? What about the chance to walk over fire? Those are just a few of the more than 20 obstacles that participants must navigate through in the 10-plus mile Tough Mudder race. Hub Health knows. They’ve been there.

Founded by Will Dean, a Harvard Business School graduate and former counter-terrorism agent for British Special Forces, Tough Mudder events have attracted more than a million participants since the first event in 2010, according to the event’s website. Since then, it has exponentially increased in popularity with events across the world.

But is it safe? The first-ever case study that details the injuries sustained during a Tough Mudder event was released in November and published in the journal, the Annals of Emergency Medicine. During a two day race in Pennsylvania in June, there were 38 emergency department visits recorded at a single local hospital. Not surprisingly, orthopedic injuries were the most common injury type.

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