Post Injury Training
There is no doubt that there is a good chance you will experience sports or exercise related injuries at some time in your career.
The harder you work out and the more you push yourself, the more likely you are to get an injury. Even with the best warm-ups and preparation, injuries still happen.
What is sometimes more frustrating than an injury, though, is deciding when it is time to come back and start training again. Most people don’t like being out of action for very long, but if you come back too soon, you risk getting injured again or even making it worse.
The main thing you should do is listen to your doctor. More often then not, they have probably seen thousands of injuries just like yours, and they know how long it takes to heal. Too many people don’t trust their doctor, and think they can magically heal faster than everyone else. The truth is, your doctor probably knows best, and if you don’t listen to them, you will probably get hurt again.
But, you still have to go with how you feel. It is not a good idea to start training hard again right after an injury, but it may be a good idea to rehab it with some light exercises or stretching. As long as you don’t push too hard, you should not do any more damage and you should be able to help the healing process.
No matter what you do, don’t be one of those people who start training too soon after an injury. Taking another week off is so much better than rushing back and aggravating an injury or turning it into something that will be with you for a while.
And remember, anytime after injury: RICE – rest, ice, compress and elevate!