Firstly getting injured is part of exercising. We all get injured, whether it be from ill informed training techniques such as dangerous weight lifting or overtraining through to the elite athlete picking up tendonitis.
It is not a part of exercise that anyone engineers and so having to deal with it can be a bit of a shock. Often people get it wrong and exacerbate the injury, unbelievably this happens in beginners and experienced exercisers more commonly than you may think. In turn this can of course lead to prolonged time out of the sport as well as a possible increase in severity of the injury.
Usually this comes down to what our brain tells us. Moreover what we have conditioned ourselves to listen to from the sensory info we receive. Putting it into context: If you were 20 stone in weight and after years of unsuccessful dieting had finally found a personal trainer who encouraged you to do some hill walking as well as revolutionised your eating patterns such that you had been steadily losing half a stone in weight a month.
And you were feeling the best you had done since you could remember, until the unimaginable happened and you slipped and tore some ligaments in your ankle.
Your conditioning is fear.
You are desperate not to return back to the unhappy uncontrolled overweight person you were. You will very often ignore the pain signals; the important instinctual signals of survival so as to continue walking despite the pain in a bid to burn more calories.
You see the same selective hearing to sensory messages from the elite athlete running his 100th marathon as he hobbles through the latter part of the race in a crazed attempt to get to the finish line “whatever it takes”
We need a different message for the injured other than RICE. There is in fact plenty that you can do whilst injured in many cases. At Brightonfit, we have an open mind and vast experience to show you how to continue working towards your goals whilst injured.