July 18, 2020
If you’re in the gym long enough, it’s inevitable, you’re going to get hurt.
Not that it’s a rite of passage or anything like that but, confidence starts to build, you stop paying attention to the warning signs, you get cocky, push too hard, technique gets sloppy and BOOM, it happens.
Your shoulder, knee, or low back is shot.
Here’s a fun fact, well… not so fun fact, far more injuries occur outside the gym than inside.
Yet despite such a remarkable safety record, gym injuries do happen, so you need to be prepared.
Types of Injuries
The two major types of injuries your body may experience are Chronic and Acute injuries.
Acute injuries happen instantly. You’re running down the block to catch your Uber pool before he leaves and oops, you trip twist your ankle and bust your knee on the cold Brooklyn concrete. Or you and your boys are deadlifting for reps and BAM, you feel a pop and hobble off the platform.
That’s an Acute injury. They generally include fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, cuts, and bruises.
A Chronic injury is generally due to overuse. Using improper form and technique over a long period can cause an annoying nagging, lingering pain, and are often difficult to assess because it can just be the way you’re doing simple day to day activities that can be the culprit.
Some examples of Chronic are stress fractures, tendonitis, and tendinosis in the elbows, knees, and wrists.
These injuries tend to stick around for a very long time, months for some, and rest doesn’t necessarily heal them, adding to the frustration.
The worse part is taking a month or 2 off from training, trying to heal, and then realizing:
1) You just de-conditioned your body, now your whole is weaker then what it was before the injury.
2) The shit still fu*king hurts.
It’s enough to make you want to give up on trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
No way around it, getting hurt sucks!
Once you have been accurately diagnosed by a “reputable physician” you can set a realistic timeline for when you think you will be better and how you should go about your training duration in the meantime.
Be patient with yourself and understand you won’t be able to get back to the grind right away even when you’re starting to feel great as most big injuries take at least six months to return to near normal.
Use the time off from aggressive training to focus on your form, technique, and hone in on your diet. We all know that no matter how much you train if your diet is shit, your body will be shit. So now would probably be the time to take it seriously.
Yes, there’s a possibility you won’t be able to partake in your favorite fat burning or strength-building workouts, however, you will now have plenty of time to focus on strengthening those weak points that more than likely got us into this situation.
Also, meal prepping is a fantastic way to help you hit those weight loss goals you may have for yourself.
And… don’t forget about sleep and meditation. If you’re a New Yorker, you are more than likely overworked and overstressed.
Sooo… Shit ain’t that bad brah, there’s a silver lining if you just look for it.
Your life will return to normal soon enough and hopefully, you would’ve gained a couple of new skills through this seemingly shitty ordeal and be better off from it.
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