If you’re an injured athlete, your main concern is most likely how soon you can get back into sports. While each athlete and each injury is unique, returning too soon can increase your risk of re-injury or developing a chronic problem. Additionally, you don’t want to wait too long either. Learn the most common 5 mistakes people make when returning to training after an injury and ensure a speedy recovery.
This is without a doubt the most common issue we see of athletes in our office. It can be exciting to finally be cleared by your healthcare professional to get back into training, however, you have to be very cautious. The rehabilitation process takes time, and cannot be rushed.
A huge benefit to working with a physical therapist during your rehabilitation after a sports injury is that your customized care plan will be outlined well in advance and will take goals, timelines, and mild fluctuations in progress into account. If athletes fully execute on the plan, they can avoid having flare-ups when they return to training.
Number 2 out of 5 mistakes people make when returning to training after an injury is having open communication between athlete and physical therapist during rehabilitation. As the athlete, the more transparent you can be with your physical therapist, the better. Openly express questions and concerns that come up and your physical therapist will be honest about the reality of the ups and downs for returning to training, as well as possible positive or negative outcomes that come with big decisions.
A great physical therapist will discuss timelines, pain levels, and proactive exercises to help you, the athlete, heal better and faster. A high-quality physical therapist is down to earth professionals who have their patient’s best interest in mind above all else.
There is a big difference between knowing what you’re injury is and why you’ve gotten injured. Seeing a physical therapist will do you better than a Google diagnosis. Your physical therapist will be able to assess you, look at your biomechanics, and share insight as to why your injury has occurred.
Knowledge is power – and this knowledge can prevent the injury from happening again as well as re-injuring yourself.
It can be frustrating to deal with an injury when you’re in the middle of training. However, pushing through an uncomfortable feeling or minimal pain isn’t going to lead you to glory. The important thing is to know the difference between something minor and a full-blown injury. If your pain is keeping you up at night, you have an injury and if it continues to get worse over a few days span, you may also have an injury.
If you decide to take some time to rest, keep in mind that it doesn’t always fix the problem. Utilizing the strengthening and rehabilitating power of physical therapy can not only treat the problem but prevent future issues.
Different people require different levels of rest and recovery. If you’re training with someone, you may find yourself comparing training schedules. Your muscles may take longer to recover than your friends, and they may be further along in their journey than you.
Preventing an injury is a lot easier than getting over one, so be sure to listen to your body.
Being active is one of the best things you can do for your body, and it takes a great deal of time and dedication to become fit and build lean muscle mass, so try not to feel too disheartened if your fitness level takes a slight hit while you’ve been resting. Remember to stay positive. Additionally, remember to exercise with these things in mind
Are you an elite athlete? Up your game with a personal physical therapist. Get in touch with Desert Edge Physical Therapy today!