Injuries are a very common concern. Whether you hurt yourself doing exercise or if you hurt yourself doing something around the house or at work, you don’t necessarily have to stop training if you get injured.
I see people stop training all together, often unnecessarily, after they receive an injury. So, what should you do?
First of all, seek help from an appropriate health care professional – doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath etc. The best professional to see will obviously depend on what type of injury you have. If you are unsure, often a visit to your GP is a great starting place. They will be able to point you in the right direction for further treatment if required.
When being treated by your health care professional, seek advice about what types of exercise might still be okay to perform and which movements you might need to avoid doing.
In most cases, you will be able to return to some form of physical activity fairly quickly. What exactly you can do depends very much on the nature and location of the injury. It might not be the same as what you were doing pre-injury but you can find ways to work around most injuries provided you seek appropriate advice from the outset.
Generally, if one part of you is hurt though, there are plenty of other body parts that you can work with until your injury heals. Focus on what you CAN do and try to avoid spending too much time dwelling on what you’re not able to do right now. Getting an injury can certainly throw a spanner in the works when it comes to achieving your fitness goals but it certainly doesn’t have to spell the end of your journey – you just need to choose a different direction or a different path for a little while.
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