There may come a time in your training where you have an injury. Whether its something small and just a niggle or something big that puts you out of action for a while.
The mental struggle around this is real and you need to work on your mindset to be able to properly rehab the injury and stay sane.
We all know exercise releases feel good endorphins and if your someone that enjoys working out or lifting, having this taken away from you can feel like the end of the world.
I know, I have battled with a number of injuries over the years.
But what gets you through this is your mindset and how you choose to deal with the situation. Someone said to me recently problems are blessings and we learn from them. Which is so very true.
You learn a lot about yourself, learn a lot about patience, learn about other ways to train, other forms of movement. You grow as a person and as a trainer or a coach you learn to adapt and you expand your knowledge base and can relate and help clients going through a similar thing.
People will spend a lot of money to be out of pain, thats a simple fact.
Remember to be smart. If you know something doesn't feel right, listen to your body and seek the proper guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner to asses the injury and plan rehab for it.. The absolute worst thing you can do is continue to train on it, making it worse. Your longevity is far more important then the now.
Invest in a good rehab Personal Trainer.
Once you've got advice on how to deal with the injury next comes the training around it. If you are inexperienced it is best to seek the guidance of a well established Personal Trainer with experience in rehab training, PLEASE DO NOT GO TO SOMEONE THAT DOESNT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH INJURIES.
A good trainer will work closely with your practitioner on establishing a program to rehab the injury and work on stability and any imbalances. You can always train around and injury, the worst thing to do is to stop moving all together.
Do the work.
What ever 'homework' you are set by your trainer or practitioner there is a reason they have ask you to do it, so put in the work and do it. If you choose to not do it then you will just be spending more time and money on seeing them until you do. These guys can't fix you, they give you the tools and knowledge to do the work, they just guide you there and aid in the process.
Patience and Restraint.
You are going to learn a lot about patience. Injuries take time to heal. You are going to lean a lot about restraint, if you go hard to soon you risk setting yourself back in your progress. Small steps every day. Only go within your capabilities and prescribed by your PT or practitioner. You crawl, before you walk, and walk before you run, remember that.
There is always something you can train.
So you cant do the big lifts, or us your arm or whatever the injury is, there is always something you can do. If its a lower body injury, there are a number of seated, back supported upper body exercises. You can even train forearms and grip strength oh yes!
Upper body injuries, you can't hold a barbel or a dumbbell, no problem this is where all those machines you have probably never used before come in handy. Seated leg press, leg curl, leg extension, all of the glute exercises from Bret Contreras (frog pumps, single leg glute bridge/ hip thrust) back extension, banded work, core work. There is always the assault bike or treadmill you can do.
So when it comes to injuries, the injury isn't the problem, well ok maybe a little, but its really your mindset around training and your ability to put in the work and rehab it properly. Remember there is always something you can train to get those feel good endorphins flowing, it might mean you have to get creative or spend the money on a great trainer.
**If your Sydney based and in pain with an injury thats not getting fixed I highly recommend seeing the boys at Balance Health and Performance they have a number of locations around Sydney and deal with a number of athletes on a daily basis.
If you have any concerns or questions feel free to drop me an email
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