Injuries are a part of life.
It can happen no matter how much work we do to make your muscles and joints bulletproof.
From time to time you will find yourself injured. It might be from sport, it might be from the gym, it might be from a workplace or car accident.
Whatever the reason for becoming injured there are some good and some not so good ways to deal with it.
Let’s start with the not so good approaches to dealing with an injury.
NOT SO GOOD #1:
Use or blame your injury as an excuse to stop doing all the healthy habits you’ve formed.
When you’re injured you can still eat well, in fact eating a high quality, nutritious diet can actually speed up your recovery.
Depending on the injury there’s every chance you can still work a lot of other areas of your body…core and mobility are areas we can always work on!
NOT SO GOOD #2:
Not telling anyone about your injury.
If pain stops you from doing certain exercises, we need to know about it.
Working with a little pain that doesn’t go away is never ideal.
Usually this turns into frustration because you’re not achieving the results you want or turns into something more sinister, ie you’re broken!
NOT SO GOOD #3:
Showing up for a group session and telling the coach part way through, or after the warm up, about said injury.
It’s not that we can’t come up with a quick sub and work around the injury but giving a simple exercise substitution isn’t going to be great for your overall progress and will do nothing to rehab the injury.
It’s basically a temporary work around, a bandaid approach, and this won’t help you move forward or make progress with the injury.
In this situation, you don’t get the best care, once again leading to poor performance, poor results, frustration and again the potential to have a serious injury.
A BETTER WAY
Contact your coach before you come to the gym.
Call, text, email, Facebook, show up at their house lol…just make contact ahead of time.
Tell your coach what you hurt, how and when you hurt it and provide any information you have about your injury if you have been to see a physiotherapist or other health professional already.
Set up a time with your coach to do a one-on-one session to come up with a plan.
The plan might involve you doing your rehab exercises at the gym before or as part of your session.
Or the plan might involve figuring out some ongoing exercise substitutions for a few movements until you’re able to reintroduce those painful or troublesome exercises.
This will mean you’ll show up to the session prepared with an understanding of how you’re going to approach and modify the session based on your needs.
It could even mean that you don’t do any upper body exercises and focus only on your lower body and core until the injury is repaired.
If there’s one take away you get from this post it needs to be that being injured doesn’t need to mean you stop coming to the gym.
In fact apart from being one of the best places to help fix the injury, you can keep up the habit and routine of coming to the gym which is great for when you aren’t injured.
Sometimes, injuries can be blessings in disguises and allow us to work on other areas we’ve been neglecting.
So next time you hurt yourself, talk to your coach, implement and execute a plan to keep you moving forward.
See you in the gym 🙂