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