Health Care

Man Severs Spine Performing In Crossfit Competition (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The CrossFit fitness craze has swept the country over the past few years, but it is not without injuries.

Kevin Ogar, of CrossFit Unbroken in Englewood, Colo., was severely injured during a competition in Orange County, Calif. last Sunday (video below).

Ogar was attempting a powerlift when he suddenly dropped the weights, fell backwards and his spine severed.

He has no movement below the waist, notes the New York Daily News.

“It was just kind of a freak accident,” CrossFit competitor Christian Lucero told CBS Denver (video below).

There is an online fundraising effort to help Ogar, who didn't have health insurance, with his medical bills.

“Mostly with social media its spread so fast that everybody seems to know about it and be willing to help,” added Lucero.

CrossFitter Lacy Harmony stated, “There are posts from Australia on Facebook, from everywhere, from every corner."

“He just has such a bright light that shines from him that everybody knows who Kevin is. Plus he’s this giant red-headed guy,” Harmony continued. “It’s just such a life-changing thing to happen... it really touched me to the core.”

“In less than 48 hours they’ve raised over $100,000 for him,” said CrossFit Unbroken owner Matt Hathcock. “A lot of us believe he’s going to walk again. I just want him to come home.”

Source:, CBS Denver, New York Daily News