Getting Back To Training After Long-Term Injury

Getting Back To Training After Long-Term Injury

We’ve all been there – a movement that’s persistently painful, a niggle that won’t get better or an injury that doesn’t seem to want to go away…

Being injured definitely isn’t fun and not being able to move, train or compete at the level we want to is frustrating to say the least.

When we get injured or experience pain long-term we’re often forced to do things like avoid certain movements or take a break from specific activities altogether.

Sometimes this can go on for weeks or months (sometimes years!) and regardless of what we do or the things we try, there can be times when things just don’t seem to want to get better and stay better.

If this sounds familiar then you’re not alone!

In fact, most of the clients I work with have been dealing with the same injury or pain for months or even years, often starting to think they’ll never get back to place they once were with their movement, training or sport.

Fortunately there is a process to follow that will ensure you’re doing every thing you can to get back to training in minimal time and address the things that really matter…

Step 1 – Diagnosis

Getting your pain or injury correctly diagnosed by a physio or medical dr is the essential first step. Without a diagnosis you don’t know what you’re dealing with!

Step 2 – Follow Injury Healing Time

Every injury has a healing time – the time it takes your tissues to heal. Going back to training too soon will only extend your rehab timeline.

Step 3 – Assess Your Movement Skills

Once your injury healing time has passed it’s time to look at the movements that are important to you.

Sometimes movements need to be improved at joint level – increasing range of motion or stability etc – other time you might need to look at a broader movement skill that’s causing you problems – like walking, running or swinging a golf club etc.

Learning exactly HOW you move is a often overlooked part of the rehab process.

Step 4 – Develop Your Movement Skills

Once you’ve assessed your movement, you can start improving the way you move from the ground up.

The process of Skill Development is all about learning to move in ways that are efficient, effective and help you reach your movement, training or performance goals.

Step 5 – Learn To Use Your New Movement Skills When It Matters The Most

After the process of Skill Development it’s time to test your movement doing the things you want to do.

Environment, motivation and fatigue can affect the way you movement and testing your movement in the situations where it matters the most will help you maximise your performance and help reduce the risk of reinjury.

This is the very process I use with my clients to help then get back to training after injury, surgery and long-term pain and get back to moving, training and performing at their best.

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