Training Through Injury

So you’re injured, what now?⁣ ⁣ The easy option is to feel sorry for yourself, avoid exercise and go into your shell. We’ve all been there and it’s pretty tempting…⁣ ⁣ Nobody likes being injured, sitting on the sidelines watching your team win (or lose – I’m not sure what’s worse). So here’s what we recommend doing.⁣ ⁣ Have a day or two (depending on the injury) to be upset and spend some quality time on the coach. Feel sorry for yourself if you have to and get it out of your system, but the sooner you get moving the better.⁣ ⁣ There’s always something you can do (minus any serious head / neck / spinal / organ injuries) and you should start doing those things as soon as you can.⁣ ⁣ > Lower body injury? Train the upper body or conditioning⁣ > Upper body injury? Train the lower body or conditioning⁣ > Broken collarbone? Get walking⁣ > Broken leg? Band work is your new best friend⁣ ⁣ You get the point – there’s always something you can do.⁣ ⁣ Even if you have to stay away from the injured area, you have the rest of your body and energy systems to work on.⁣ ⁣ Injured athletes often experience:⁣ ⁣ > De-conditioning (reduced fitness, strength, etc.)⁣ > Muscular atrophy (muscle loss)⁣ > Weight gain (caloric surplus)⁣ > Emotional / mental issues (depressed, lonely, bored etc.)⁣ ⁣ While injured, your aim is to reduce the impact the injury has on your all-round fitness. We want to reduce de-conditioning and return to sport fast, but safe. Hence why’s it’s crucial to start moving as soon as possible.⁣ ⁣ Getting the blood flowing speeds up the recovery process (more oxygen, nutrients and immune boosting factors) and the increased stress on your muscles prevents them from wasting away. You also increase your calorie expenditure helping prevent excessive weight gain. Not only are the physical benefits and endorphins good for your mental state but getting up and training with friends will also give you that social support that goes a long way in speeding up the recovery process.⁣ ⁣ If you’d like some guidance on your ‘return to play’ plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us. ⁣ ⁣ @dadds_mate setting the standard for injured athletes at #one22 🦍


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