Wednesday, 12 May 2010

#4 I have an injury

Injuries can be a nightmare. Long-term pain can drain you emotionally and leave you feeling down in the dumps. However, the reality is that the majority of people will experience an injury of some sort, so you are not a special case. Ex-British sprinter Darren Campbell said that whenever he lined up for the 100m he always had a injury. Sometimes, you need to take control of an injury and not let it control you.

I have seen it time and time again that clients who thought they were stuck with an injury have had their pain managed, reduced or eliminated when training with me. People get stuck in a loop of being too scared to exercise when exercise will most likely help. Working around injuries requires professional guidance. A good personal trainer would be better than a physio ( I'll explain in later blogs why) or one of your friends who read something in a magazine. You need to know what pain is OK, where it is and if it is getting better, worse or staying the same. If you ever find that you use injury to avoid exercise, remember these 3 things.

1. Lack of condition and muscular imbalance is the reason why most people suffer injuries.

2. Just because you feel no pain, doesn't mean the injury has gone. You just can't feel it anymore.

3. There are people far more limited and more active than you. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and get moving. It will not be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

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