How to Return after an Injury?

How to Return after an Injury?

Suffered an injury? Here are some tips how to productively return to training.

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Make an appointment at an experienced physio to get professional advice based on your injury.
1 Proceed slowly

Plan a slow return to training and avoid over-doing it. This will help you to avoid the boom and bust cycle where athletes attempt to return too quickly (boom) and, as a result, aggravate their injury.

2 Seek professional advice

Of course, you can find valuable information on the Internet and in magazines, however, they are not the answer to all injuries. Make an appointment at an experienced physiologist or health professional to receive medical advice based on your injury.

3 Ask fellow athletes for advice

The majority of athletes have already experienced an injury or two, so they can help you with useful, constructive advice on what might help; in addition they can also offer you valuable support.

4 Strengthen your muscles

Strength and conditioning work has been discovered to be beneficial following a number of different injuries. Ask your physiologist to make a plan to suit your targets and when you recover follow it carefully.

5 Recognize and address the cause of the injury

This is especially important if you suffered an overuse injury. You should address problems with training error, muscle weakness and biomechanics to prevent the injury recurring.

6 Create a long-term plan

Think long-term and make a gradual plan for recovery rather than seeking short-term solutions that give only temporary symptom relief.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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