Ask the Coaches: How to Deal with Injuries

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Question: How do you train around/with Injuries? What are some tips for rehabbing Injuries? — Julia L and Joel S

Rob Noakes PT, DPT, OCS:

How to Train Through Injuries You Ask? Can everyone handle the truth? You sure?

The simple, extremely accurate, most frustrating answer that everyone will hate and no one wants to hear including myself is… DO NOT train through SERIOUS injuries! It just doesn’t work.

*The more fun and complex answer. It depends on the injury and severity*

If it is a moderate to severe injury I want you to ask yourself:
A. Are you Steph Curry and need to play Game 7 of the NBA finals with a bad ankle?
B. Are you about to sign a $30 million a year deal for the Niners and need to complete a workout to sign the deal?
C. Are you Luke Skywalker about to fight Darth Vader for rule of the galaxy?
D. Is a bear about to eat you?
E. Are you trying to beat Jose Cong in something at Croga?
Unless you are in any of these categories, you should not try and push through a workout or strenuous activity with a severe injury (except that last one, Jose will just win anyway, so don’t try it.) Read More

Key Question: Where does strength, fixing muscle imbalances, and retraining movement, come into play? Answer: Take it away Mrs. Noakes

Wendy Noakes PT, DPT, SCS:

Definitely agree with everything Rob wrote, especially the Jose Cong thing, don’t even try.

In addition to mobility for a healthy body, we cannot forget about two other key factors- MOVEMENT and STRENGTH. You can’t have just one piece of the puzzle.

Most of Robs suggestions were about mobility which for a majority of us, especially the men, is definitely what we need more of. However, there are also a handful of Croganites who are plenty flexible and cant feel any of the stretches the coaches make us do (I’m looking at you Chloe). Read More

Coach Preston: 

1. Definitely seek out professional advice from an expert in movement. Coaches can help to an extent with obvious faults in movement, but its almost always best to see a PT with background in the sport you’re trying to get back to (weightlifting, running, etc.) Rarely will you get an injury with just overuse while using proper movement, so having an expert to identify the source of the issue is best. Read More

Coach Justin: 

The first step to training with injuries is mental. I’ve found people fall in one of two categories:

1. “Oh, I’m injured. I need to stop doing anything so I don’t hurt myself more.” This is my default for sure.

2. “Oh, it’s nothing. If I ignore it it will go away.” I know a few members like this at Croga.

The true key is a balanced approach. Read More

Coach Nick: 

Disclaimer: I’ve had two surgeries in the last 2 months and have, at various times, spent 3+ months sidelined due to overtraining injuries in my knees, wrists, shoulders, and chest. I’m guilty of everything I’m advising against. I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic of injuries lately as I’ve been feeling super sorry for the state of my pathetic, broken body. Some of the things I’m going to write might sound like scolding or demotivation but failing to be transparent and honest about why injuries occur would be to ignore the best rehab tip in the galaxy: don’t get injured in the first place! There are experts here who have written much more valuable post-injury advice than I could attempt to fabricate so I’ve taken a slightly different angle. Read More

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