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Treadmills cause thousands of injuries each year. Here's how to use one safely

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Treadmills have remained popular in gyms and homes, with an estimated 53 million users in the US in 2017. However, treadmills can be dangerous, as they cause more injuries than any other exercise equipment. In 2019 alone, over 22,000 injuries led to hospital visits. Typical injuries include slips, sprains, strains, and burns, with more severe cases resulting in concussions, broken bones, and even death. This risk is not limited to users; children and pets are particularly vulnerable. It is important to use treadmills safely by wearing appropriate attire, warming up, attaching the safety key, and maintaining proper distance from the machine.