I’m injured – what do I do?!

Written By:  Kelly Miller
Have you ever slipped on the ice and tweaked your knee? Have you ever picked something up to only tweak your back? Maybe you over stretched a hamstring at hockey… Now what?

Injuries happen, we’re not as invincible as we think (dang, it!) so, the question becomes: how do I maintain my fitness regime and stay active during the healing process?

At Degree, we work with people from all walks of the earth, some of these people have chronic injuries, or, have experienced an acute injury in the past, where now there is always this lingering fear of “what if I push to hard?” “What if it happens again?”

Our emotions and thought processes and ego can help us, but they can also start to hold us back. 

Here are my top 3 tips for dealing with an injury and how to not let is stop you:

1) Tell your Coach! Tweaked your knee at broom-ball last night? We want to know!By telling us we can give you alternative options that will not aggravate your knee, and allow you to still get a kick-butt workout. We can also chat with you about how you’re feeling emotionally about this – sometimes these events can really get to us!

2) If it is an acute injury, and things are still really sore, take a day, or two or three of rest.It’s OK to take some time off if things are really, really sore. Then, it will be important to communicate with your Coach upon heading back to your 1-1 sessions, or classes to ensure we’re giving appropriate scaling options to get you moving again, pain free!This is an important tie to focus on eating nutrient dense foods, and drinking lots of water – good nutrition and hydration are keys to faster healing! Our Registered Dietitian can help if you’re feeling stuck – click here to email her!

3) Understand the old saying “if there is a will, there is a way”. By being open to modifying your workouts for a while, you’ll open yourself up to a faster healing process, a decreased risk of re-injury, and the ability to really dial in sound movement patterns.Injuries, whether chronic or acute, can wreak havoc on our self esteem. Sometimes we feel as if there is something wrong with us, maybe we feel ‘stupid’ because things just aren’t healing as fast, or, we feel like we’ve exhausted all avenues.
 
You are not alone. You are not broken, and there is nothing wrong with you. 
 In a day and age where we’re almost expected, without fault, to have it all together, it can be tough to say “hey, I just need to slow down for a little bit”. Your Coaches have your back, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you re-ignite that inner fire, and get you moving.

We’re lucky in Seaforth in the surrounding area to also have access to many, many awesome resources! We will work with other health professionals in the area to ensure sound treatment and sound training for those we serve. Here are a few awesome organizations we have worked with before!

Check out our friend, Jason Church of Jason Church Osteopathy, for one! We work together with clients whom are receiving treatments from his professional service, as well as coming to their regular personal training sessions or group classes. Team work makes the dream work, and in this case, allows individuals to continue to live the life they want, and do all of the awesome things they can! Movement is medicine and man, does it ever feel good. Let’s do it!
Your Coach,
Kelly 
 Ready to get started at Degree? Email kellymiller@degreecrossfitseaforth.com or visit www.degreecrossfitseaforth.com/get-started

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