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.
First, understand the scope of your injury. Is this something which exertion in any form will hinder your healing? Or is exertion ok as long as you don’t make certain movements or hit certain limits?
What is the timeframe for recovery?
Once you understand what you shouldn’t do, shift your focus to what you can do. Pursue those options with mental aggression. (By the way, once you’ve talked to a doctor, the coaches at Croga can help build you a training plan that fits your recovery timeline… this is a great use of our Uplift program).
True, an injury will set you back on progress, but checking out mentally (and unnecessarily) will damage you more.
Finally, if you’re a Croga athlete, come in when you’re injured, and communicate with your coaches. We will find something for you to do that won’t hurt you and will get you moving, even if it’s mobility. Even if you come in and stay in a rejuvenating pose the entire class, you’ll be “working out,” and that habit will be maintained.
As you work toward recovery, pay close attention to your body. A little pain from the injury is likely, but you should be gradually feeling better over the weeks. If you’re not, check back in with a doctor and back off your intensity.
I’d say the two things to keep in mind are:
1. Don’t stop.
2. Don’t get more hurt.
Respect the injury, but don’t make it more or less than it is.