Friday, September 14, 2012
What to Consider When Injured...
These guidelines come from Martin Rooney, an author and mixed martial arts (MMA) strength and conditioning coach. While they were originally created for fighters, they are even more applicable to CrossFitters (my commentary is italicized).
1. Accept that the injury has occurred, and move forward. Don’t live in denial and make it worse by continuing to train and aggravating it.
2. Examine how the injury happened, so that it never happens again. Was it something avoidable such as poor mechanics or not listening to your body (aka over training) or was it something out of your control such as a car accident?
3. Find out all you can about the injury and its rehabilitation. Begin by talking to your trainer and if needed doctor. Do a little research...there is so much information at our fingertips.
4. Use every method of rehabilitation you can get your hands on. Be Proactive!
5. Be consistent and thorough with your rehab. Skip a TV show, dessert, or trip to the mall, but don’t skip your rehab!
6. Find the outlets and determine what training you can do around the injury. Never stop training. There is always stuff you can do. Believe wholeheartedly in systemic rehab.
7. Focus on areas that you needed to improve pre-injury (nutrition, mental training, certain body regions, etc.) Do not neglect your nutrition when injured. This is one of the biggest keys to getting back in shape. Use the time necessitated by the injury to focus on weaknesses.
8. Don’t test the injury while healing and re-irritate it. The Best things come to those that wait...Be Patient.
9. Develop a list of things that the injury is trying to tell you. How will your injury change your movement patterns? What do you need to do improve your movement?
10. Don’t forget what you learned from the injury for the future. Are you doomed to repeat an injury? What did you learn from #2 above?
Lastly...Keep up a positive attitude by improving in a different facet of your life (little extra time with the kids, significant other, mental development, etc.). As long as you are continually striving to improve then your physical goals may be temporarily delayed but your overall health is still improving, which is our ultimate goal!! SET BACK MAYBE DEFEAT NEVER!