Recovering From Your Injuries
There was a time when a person with a serious injury would be told to stop exercising and just rest. While that is still appropriate in the short term, the long-term implications of stopping physical activity forever as a result of an injury is more detrimental than once thought.
Regardless of the injury, be it a minor sprain or a broken bone, there is a level of physical activity that is appropriate for the individual after the acute phase of the injury has passed. In fact, if you were to break your leg, once mobile again, you could perform upper body exercise, flexibility exercises, and even exercise for the non-injured leg and it would not only be appropriate, it would increase the speed at which you healed. This is a result of the increased blood flow from the exercise, which increases oxygenation of the injured tissue, the delivery of nutrients and the removal of the negative by-products of injury.
Any time you have an injury, it is critical that it be assessed by the appropriate person as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of a speedy recovery. This might be self-care for a minor cut all the way up to an emergency room visit for a spiral fracture of the femur. An important follow-up to the initial care is working with the right individual for rehabilitation, which could include a physiotherapist, an athletic therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or any number of other professionals. If physical activity is something you want to get back to, especially sports, it is even more important that you work with someone who has experience working with athletes.
In the “post-rehab” environment, which is the time beyond working with the allied health professionals already mentioned, you want to transition, with their guidance to working with a qualified fitness professional to make the move back to the gym, or with a coach if you’re getting back to a specific sport.
Whether you have a new injury or one that has been plaguing you for years, there are many new techniques to assist you back to activity. Long gone is the time of retiring after an injury. Even in the worst cases, injury is not the end of your physical activity, but rather a transition to a new way of enjoying it and making it a continued part of your lifestyle.
A speaker, coach and author, and combining almost 30 years of fitness and wellness, Rod is the vice president of canfitpro, the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Overseeing this dynamic 100,000 member organization, Rod continues to propel its growth and position as a leader in the global fitness industry. Rod is a cross-Canada cyclist, NLP Practitioner, RYT 200, Certified Coach Practitioner, and 4-time Ironman finisher. For more information on Rod, visit www.indestructiblehuman.com and for and for more information on canfitpro, visit www.canfitpro.com