“In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.”
– Rich Froning Jr., four-time CrossFit Games Champion
It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you’re a fit and active person then sooner or later, you’re going to experience an injury.
It’s a fact of life. The more you use and push your body, the more likely you are to over-reach yourself, have an accident, or meet a challenge you aren’t currently able to beat. After all, Homer Simpson never got an injury lifting the remote to change the TV channel. (Actually, bad example – he probably did.)
Injuries suck big time. They slow you down, disrupt your training, and cause you to lose momentum. It can be hard to resist the temptation to push through and train hard despite an injury, but that path leads only to destruction.
At The Corrective Clinic, we often treat athletes who’ve been training on an injury. Their dogged insistence on “keep on keeping on” turns a 3-week problem into a 3-month problem.
If you injure yourself, or you’re experiencing any kind of unusual pain, here’s what we recommend.
1. See a professional immediately
When there’s a problem at work, you call in a professional. When a pipe bursts or the electricity goes out, you don’t keep going as if nothing has happened, do you? Why should it be different with your body?
Don’t ignore symptoms like sore back and neck, pins and needles or pain in your arms or feet. Do something about it before the pain gets worse or causes permanent damage.
As soon as you start experiencing pain, you should book your appointment at The Corrective Clinic. We’ll be able to isolate and identify your injury and create a recovery and training program.
2. Work around your injury
One of the big misconceptions about injuries is that you have to stop training altogether. For Crossfitters, marathoners and other weekend warriors, this is just unacceptable. Hence the urge to keep going and ignore the injury.
It’s not true. We’re able to tailor workout programs that enable you to continue training without adding additional damage to your injury. Sure, you might not be able to do certain things, but you’ll still be able to maintain and improve your fitness.
3. Don’t forget to stretch!
Stretching is key to avoiding injury in future, and it’s also a great way to help regain and improve mobility while you recover.
We can design a stretching program tailored to your training needs and help you get back to peak condition sooner.
Don’t let your injury hold you back. Get it sorted sooner so you can be back training before you know it. Book your visit at The Corrective Clinic today.