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10 Expert Tips For Dealing With Injuries





You may think that suffering the unfortunate blow of an injury- be it large or small, your fitness life would officially come to a standstill. The good news is, injury doesn’t always spell the end of activity.

Injuries, no matter the severity, suck! There’s nothing that can be more shattering than to be working away on your fitness goals and then WHAM! You are out for 6 weeks, carting yourself off to drs, physios and other specialists.
Speaking from experience, the quicker you sort out your injury the better. I’ve complied a quick guide to best deal with your injury, keep your sanity and recover as quickly as possible.
1.     Immediately following the injury- Take five, sit down (if you can) and just breathe slowly. RICER is a general acronym for injuries: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referal. Follow this process and get straight onto the referral stage A lot of the time, injuries seem a lot worse and generally scare us more than anything (think a rolled ankle or a hip niggle). It’s always still best to treat everything as a “serious issue” at least until you’ve gotten the all clear. These silly injuries can often can back to plague you later if not dealt with properly. 
2.     Go and see a specialist, physio ASAP! This step is critical but often overlooked by most. Don’t use the “I don’t have the money to see dr “x’’, Untreated and undiagnosed injuries end up costing people way more than they ever ended to spend.
3.     You don’t always need a referral to see a physio and quite frankly, your local GP, won’t know a lot about sports type injuries (unless of course they specialize in this field).  Go to someone who deals with sports injuries day in and day out. Often a referral from a friend can be a bonus or use google to search for your most local. If you are making several trips and you are injured- you’ll want them to be handy to reach-think of transporting yourself to and from appointments!
4.      Once you have an idea of the problem or situation, it’s in your best interest to follow the advice (that’s what your are paying for!) and get on the road to recovery. Do the exercises/rehab that is recommended for you DON’T DITCH IT!
5.     Always ask questions and have your queries answered in a way you understand. Trust me the more you ask, the more you have control of the situation. Ask about alternative exercises- can you swim or just do upper body? Ask about alternative medicine: acupuncture, massage or kinesiology.
6.     You know your body, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel your injury isn’t progressing in the right way.  Give it 4-6 weeks and if there had been little improvement think about getting a second opinion or trying a new therapy/therapist.
7.     During injury time is not the time to be worry about your PB’s. Just accept that the process of healing takes time. What times someone 4 weeks may time you 8 weeks. 
8.     It’s easy to become a couch potato and really let your injury take hold of you. Be positive, you will eventually get better. Motion is lotion- every little bit helps.
9.     If your injury means you are severely out of action, speak with a nutritionist who can show you some options of changing up your diet whilst you are inactive.   
10.When you are cleared to start moving normally again, a session with a qualified and experienced PT/Exercise Physiologist will be helpful to map out your future training plan. You can’t just jump back into your deadlifts, 20 km runs and touch footy training. Slowly but surely

What’s been your history with injuries, have you followed similar advice that’s worked for you? Let me know below! 

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