Training While Injured
Injuries are a frustrating time. Not being able to do what you enjoy on a daily basis is disappointing to say the least, but unfortunately is a part of most people’s sporting or fitness journeys.
Injuries are never an ideal scenario, but being injured does not have to be the end of the world. With most injuries, the injury itself is not the important factor, it’s the individuals reaction to it that will shape its impact.
Here are some things to consider when injured:
- Aim to understand the injury, what happened, why it happened, and what needs to be done to correct it. Talking to your GP, physiotherapist, or specialist may be your best option here. Once you have the information you need you can begin your rehab, rest, mobility, recovery work, to start to address the problem.
- In many cases, an injury does not mean you need to stop all training. There are usually many alternative options. Yes, you may not be able to do everything, but there is usually a huge array of other possibilities, especially in CrossFit. A knee injury should not stop you from improving your upper body pushing and pulling strength, your midline work, your aerobic capacity work, etc. Use the injury as an opportunity to enhance other areas while you recover. If unsure on how best to do this, talk to your coach in the gym!
- Stay positive. It is not always easy, especially if the injury has you sidelined for some time. Forget about the things you cannot control. No matter how much time you spend worrying over them it won’t change their outcome.’
Focus on doing everything in your control to the best of your ability and that will be time much better spent!