Recently, a coachee of mine asked if I could write a blog about injuries, and when to know if you should stop or continue on with your workouts, so here it is!
I want to start of saying that I am not a doctor, and what I am going to tell you is my personal opinion, not professional medical advice.
As you all know from the last blog entry, I pulled my Achilles Tendon about 2 months ago when I decided to be dumb and not stretch before running. The pull was bad, and I knew that if I wanted to get back into the program I needed to give it time to heal. The first few days it was so bad that I really thought I might have torn the tendon, but on the 3rd day it started feeling better so I knew it wasn’t anything too serious. Running or any cardio was out of the question for a while because I didn’t want to injure it further and really knock myself out of commission for a good month or 2. When it started to heal, I realized the limits on the amount of exercise that I could do without injuring it further. I decided to let it heal enough until I felt that it was time to jump back into some cardio.
So here is my advice to you. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Whenever you injure something, ask yourself whether or not there will be a chance to injure it further, and if the answer is “yes,” then lay off of it for a while, but if the answer is “no,” then continue your normal workouts. With the above example, I knew that I had to lay off of it in order to keep myself from injuring it further, but there have also been times that I have been injured, but it is just a minor pain that isn’t going to get much worse, like my shoulder for example. I injured my shoulder real bad about 8 years ago while playing baseball, and it really hasn’t healed since. There are some exercises that hurt pretty bad, but instead of just quitting, I push through the pain because I know that I am not going to injure it further. Don’t use a minor injury as an EXCUSE for stopping your workouts!
If you are having constant pain that won’t go away, seek a doctor for a medical explanation and treatment.
If you have any more questions about injuries, send me an email!