What Happens When You Get Hurt?
Sometimes injuries can happen. Strains, sprains, bruises…things happen sometimes that we weren’t prepared for or are just too much for our bodies to handle when we’re playing sports or working out.
Listen to Your Body
In the moment that your body feels ‘weird’ or that something ‘happened’ take a moment and take yourself out of the “game” (or whatever it is you’re doing). Feel how you fee, literally…ask yourself was that just a momentary “thing” or do I feel hurt? You know your body, listen to what it’s telling you. If you need to sit out the rest of the game, leave a class or call the workout over then do it. Better to cut a workout short than cause yourself more injury by “sticking it out”.
If the pain persists get it checked out by your doctor to be safe. If your doctor has asked you to stop playing, your #1 question is probably “When can I play sports again?” This depends on your specific injury, so make sure you discuss this with your doctor. You can do other things while injured to stay fit without making your injury worse — but make sure you check with your doctor first. Make sure you keep yourself in the game of health, cross train; stationary bike, swim, check out the erg or rowing machine, there are lots of alternatives depending on your injury.
It Even Happens To (or For) ME!
Last Thursday I “tweaked” my knee in Spinning class. I was totally annoyed. This fitness thing is what I do I can’t get hurt! I had a fitness convention this past weekend so I was even more pissed off about the whole situation. “It’s not a good time!” I thought. I was subbing the nest morning for a dear friend and I wanted to be my best. The whole process of being injured or not 100% is humbling, but also helped me to be appreciative my health (after LOTS of complaining!!!)
I stayed home from the convention on Saturday. I decided to take a COMPLETE day of rest. I knew If I stepped into the convention center I just couldn’t help myself from working out. So instead, I pretended my knee had the flu and taped my ass to the couch. I slept, I took Ibeuprophen…something I rarely do, I was committed to playing smart. I had to keep repeating over and over in my head how grateful I am for my health (and repeating all the Advil taking). I am feeling SO much better today, but am taking it easy. I’m listening to my body and being smart!
These moments can suck, take the wind out of our sails, but if we’re really smart we can use them as learning lessons. Finding out what our bodies need from us!
Prevention Is KEY
To prevent injuries from happening here are some tools that can help keep you IN the game.
- Time Off – Plan to have at least 1 day off per week form a specific sport to allow the body to recover.
- Wear the Right Gear – Wear appropriately fitting and sport specific sneakers. If you’re playing a sport make sure to wear the correct protective equipment such as pads (neck, shoulder, elbow, chest, knee, shin), helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, protective cups, and/or eyewear.
- Strength Train – Strength training aids in balance and coordination (not to mention SO many other benefits; increased caloric burn, endurance, confidence and hotness!)
- Increase Flexibility – Stretching exercises before (after at least a 5 min warn up) and after games or practice can increase flexibility. You can also include yoga to your regime to increase flexibility.
- Take a Breaks – If you feel over exerted take rest periods during your work out (even if it’s in class!)
- Stop – Cease the exercise immediately if there is pain.
- Hydrate – Drink plenty of water, during and after workouts; decrease or stop your activity during excessively high heat/humidity periods.
Take care of yourself! YOU are your own best guide
I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!