Tips For Training With An Injury
Unfortunately suffering from an injury is something that is extremely common to those that workout. The reason that this is the case is because when we workout we are constantly pushing our bodies to the limits; and injury can often occur as a result of this.
The problem that injury creates is that it prevents people from being able to train as they normally would, or to miss workouts altogether. For many, taking time away from training just isn’t an option. Training and working out is such a big part of their lives that they want to do everything they can to continue training. This poses a huge dilemma as it can result in an injury becoming worse, forcing them into having to take even more time off from training; sometimes even for good. If you are suffering from a training injury, or want to prepare yourself for if it does happen, this article will detail some great tips for training with an injury.
Learn What You Are Dealing With
As soon as you get injured you need to seek help straight away. The last thing you should do is keep pushing the injury and try to “tough it out”. Doing this will make the injury more serious. In some cases even making a minor injury(one that would heal in a few days) into a more serious, chronic injury. Because of this it is advised to seek the help of a doctor as soon as you get injured. They will be able to let you know exactly what’s wrong and how serious your injury is. This will also allow you to understand your injury so that you can determine exactly how to train around it without making it worse. It’s also a good idea to seek the help of a pain management and injury specialist (PMIR). This is because they will have extensive knowledge on how to manage pain and injury brought on through training, and will be able to point you in the right direction.
Work Around Your Injury
Once you know exactly what you are dealing with, you are in the best place to be able to work around your injury. If you know a certain grip causes pain to your injury or a certain exercise leaves you screaming in pain, you know to avoid it. Try looking for alternatives that don’t cause pain to your injury but do the same job.
Make Sure To Get Adequate Nutrition
Nutrition is something that you cannot choose to neglect when you are injured. This is because if you give your body adequate nutrition, it will speed up the recovery process substantially. Simply put, if you eat the right things you will be free from injury, and will be able to train like you used to, much faster than you initially thought.
Adequate nutrition means different things for different people. It is up to you to calculate how much of each nutrient you need. This isn’t difficult to do as there are many free nutrition calculators available online. But something that applies to everyone who is injured is that you need to make sure that you are getting enough protein as this is what enables your body to repair itself.
Ensure You Are Using Proper Form
Bad form is one of the biggest causes of injuries whilst training. Therefore it is vital that you make sure that you are using proper form when you are injured. This may mean lowering the weights that you use, but your health and your body is worth way more than your ego. The best way to make sure that you are using the correct form is to view training videos online and get a friend to help you out.
Don’t Avoid Your Warm Up
Alongside incorrect form, not warming up is one of the major causes of training injury. You simply cannot avoid warming up when you are injured. Not warming up will increase the chance of you suffering from yet another injury, or will make your current injury worse. For this reason when injured you need to perform a proper warm up before you begin to train. A mixture of stretches and light cardiovascular exercise will usually be adequate.
Lastly, Keep Your Head Up
Training whilst injured can be extremely tough, but it shouldn’t cause you to give up altogether. Stay positive and try not to perceive your injury as an obstacle that cannot be overcome. A great tip is to use your injury as an opportunity to focus on other body parts that you think need a bit of work. Follow all of the above tips and training with an injury won’t be that big of a problem.
This is a guest post by Lewis Mann, a freelance writer on health-related topics.