Training Around Injuries
By: Robert Maalouf BS, CSCS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1
Injuries can be a devastating setback not just physically but also mentally. A lot of people let injuries prevent them from reaching their fitness goals. It is important to stay on track and stay physically active to the extent that your injury allows it, and more importantly it is crucial to maintain a good diet throughout your recovery. Many people have asked me what I think is the most important thing to do to train around injuries, my answer is simple: prevention. I believe it is every human beings duty to perform all maintenance work and mobility work to ensure a properly functioning body and minimize the risk for injury. However, this will be a topic for another article.
Unfortunately sometimes injuries are inevitable, whether it’s from natural wear and tear of the joints and muscles or a traumatic event. It is critical to act appropriately in order to have a successful recovery and not go backwards in your quest of fitness. Too often I see people with minor injuries stop working out and get out of shape. Some people use it as an excuse and other simply don’t know how to work around their injury. There are a few steps that you must take in order to stay on track even while injured:
- Get a professional medical opinion on your injury, X-rays, MRI’s, whatever needs to be done to have the correct diagnosis. A knowledgeable fitness professional can help you if they have the correct diagnosis and are aware of any medical restrictions.
- Stay active! In the words of the famous physicist Isaac Newton, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion”. This applies beautifully to the human body, we must continue to do what we are able to do, and simply avoid exercises and activities that aggravate our injury.
- Stay positive! Injuries can wreck havoc on our minds and discourage us from reaching our fitness goals. We have to set ourselves in the right mindset. I have trained many clients with all kinds of injuries and have dealt with a few injuries myself. I always teach my clients to look at an injury as a learning experience. You can always learn what caused it, what you can do to rehabilitate it and most importantly, what to do to prevent it from happening again.
Follow these tips and continue your journey to your fitness goals despite any obstacles that may come your way. Please seek the assistance of a qualified trainer if you are unsure how to train around your injury. Make sure to keep following us for all the latest tips on exercise and nutrition. Feel free to comment and ask questions!!!