Treadmills: Danger At Our Feet?

When not used correctly, treadmills can be the most dangerous piece of exercise equipment. Photo: Holytaco.com

When not used correctly, they can do more than bore you.

When not used correctly, treadmills can be the most dangerous piece of exercise equipment. Photo: Holytaco.com

Forget the term “dreadmill”; treadmills may actually be more akin to “deadmill” according to a report filed by CBS News.

Apparently, treadmills are up in popularity with more than 50 million Americans now using them–an increase of 40 percent in the last ten years. According to federal statistics, treadmills are the most dangerous piece of exercise equipment.

One person who can relate to this is Julie Osborne. She was running on her home treadmill and stopped to grab some water. The belt continued to move.

“I lost my balance, put my hand down to try and stabilize myself, and my three fingers got stuck between the frame and the running track,” she recalls. At that moment, the belt rolled over her hand and sheared off her skin.

“When my hand came out, I could actually see exposed bone,” she said.

An eight-year-old girl, Annabelle Ford, was another person seriously injured on a treadmill. Her mother said that Annabelle’s hand was caught under the mat. She suffered severe burns and a broken middle finger.

For More: CBS News

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