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Staying safe while running on treadmills

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The recent death of tech tycoon David Goldberg is sparking concern all over the country. He passed away after an accident on a treadmill.

Buckhead YMCA Wellness Director Kelly Lurid says you can stay safe by staying in control when using the equipment.

"Know the emergency stop button, if there's a safety clip and how to increase or decrease the speed," Lurid said.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms across the country saw more than 24,000 treadmill injuries last year.

From 2003 to 2012, 30 people died while running on the treadmill.

Doctor Lee Kneer, a physician at Emory Sports Medicine, said two to three patients visit his office after falling off of a treadmill per month.

Lurid said it's important not to do the following:

"Running sideways, or maybe backwards can't see what's going on or people run too far back," she said, "...people will speed it up and try to jump on it, you don't want to do that."

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