I hope you all are having a beautiful Sunday. My blog got a makeover! Let me know what you all think! 🙂 This week I wanted to discuss injury prevention and give tips for everyone. Thanks for checking in with me and enjoy.
So, this week has been a rough week for me because I had a little bump in the road. Early this week my knee started to bother me a little. I spoke with my coach and some therapists in my training group and we decided that I should execute our Plan B program this week while they worked to figure out what was causing the discomfort. After a few days and many evaluations, we figured out there were a few little problems that I need to work on (like my posture oops! lol) but the major thing is that my foot and knee alignment is slightly off, which isn’t a big deal. Except, in the weight room I had been pushing my knee outward when my foot was straight and it caused tension in my knee which lead to discomfort on the track. So from now on when my knee needs to be straight, I just move my foot out a little. All in all, since we had caught it so early, I was able to get the problem worked out and I should be fine in another day or two.
All of this leads to the theme of this post! Speaking up and saying something when something is bothering you! Had I not said anything, the therapist told me something like this could have manifested and I may have been looking at some serious down time but because it was caught so early, I am only on Plan B for less than a week. It is so important for us athletes to let our coaches/therapist know what is going on with us because something minor can turn into something serious very quickly. Had we not figured out the problem, every time I went to the weight room I would have been making my knee worse and as the weights increased who knows what may have happened! But because I said something and received the therapy I need, I barely missed a beat. 🙂
Advice to Young Athletes
So, of course, my advice to young athletes is don’t wait and try to push through an injury or wait until something is actually injured. If something is bothering you, SAY SOMETHING! We athletes are pretty tough and we don’t like being behind or having setbacks but it happens and the worst thing someone can do is “push through.” Obviously, this is a case by case basis but you should discuss it with a therapist or coach. If no one knows something is bothering you, no one can help you. A lot of athletes have lost entire season because of an injury that could have been prevented, if it was addressed early on. We as athletes have to learn our bodies well enough to know when something is wrong and we have to trust our coaches/therapists enough to let them know!
My tip for non athletes is to get physicals yearly, self calibrate, and consultant a doctor or therapist if something is bothering you. Once again, do not try to push through something that is bothering you. This is especially important because the access to professionals (doctor/therapist) is fairly limited and costly, so you need to be more careful when it comes to injuries. The best thing to do (for the most part) if something is bothering you is ice it on and off from 10- 15 minutes at a time (2/3 times on and off). Easy up on workouts and if the area is still a problem after 3 – 7 days, consult a professional.
My workout tip this week is actually a self calibration tip. Invest in foam rollers, golf or softballs (used to roll feet), stretch, and try to take care of your body. If you don’t have access to therapists you have to take time out to really keep your body up if you workout regularly. I advise everyone to take 10-20 minutes out of their day (I prefer after my workout) to do some self calibration and give your body some TLC (tender, love, and care). 🙂
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