Injury is a common problem that encounters thousands of runners every year, here are the top 5 ways to deal with injury.
1. Listen to your body
The definition of pain is “a highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury” but the other definition is “mental suffering or distress”.
As a runner (or any athlete in general) you have to draw a line between whether you are physically unable to do any more due to emense pain or if you just have mental suffering – basically you have to decide if the pain you have could damage yourself physically or if the mental pressure is too high.
2. Find out what your injury is!
This one is pretty obvious but still worth mentioning, I mean how do you know how to fix the problem when you don’t know what the problem is!
A simple trip to the physio or asking you coach and friends is all it takes to find out what your problem is. You might be saying “what coach or friends? How would they know anything” and you’re right if you said that, they might know absolutely nothing but it’s worth a go; I found out I had an injury thanks to one of my friends so although there is a cance that they would know nothing there is also a chance that they could really help you.
3. Resting until your body wakes up
One of the best things to do if you have a injury is to do nothing at all! You and your body will love you for it.
If you are worried about losing fitness while you’re resting, don’t be! There are so many things to do while you’re out of a certain sport – even though I did say rest you should do some exercise, if you have a injury from waist down just get in the pool! No kicking but it will really strengthen your muscles and if you have an injury waist up some squats are always good, of course depending on the severity of your injury you can decide on the intessity of your training.
Also eat healthy!
One of the things on the top of your mind is trying to speed up recovery time whilst not reducing the quality of your recovery a great way to do this is physio.
Although physio is somewhat expensive you should still give it a go, just one session of physio can give you the next month as work of varied stretches and workouts to help with your injury.
5. Ice! Ice! Ice!
Arguably one of the most used healing techniques is ice. These little pieces of frozen water are used by athletes in every level from elite athletes like Mo Farah to everyday Joe who runs round the block at five in the morning.
My recommendation is to buy a high quality ice bag, get a pillow and just sit in front of the tv for an hour, you should do this at night so while you are sleeping the cold muscles can have time to repair themselves and if you have an injury not to do with your musculature then you can still use ice but it won’t heal you all it will do is numb the area that was iced, this means that you will have less pain in that area and if you have trouble sleeping due to pain then you should defiantly do this as for the obvious reason. You will be able to sleep better.
What injures have you had?
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