Over the weekend, I rolled my ankle on a run, fell, and cracked my cell phone screen a bit. I was close to my friends place, and so I ended my run early. I hadn’t fallen in a long time, and I was a little shocked to honest. Fortunately, it was a relatively minor injury, but it got me thinking about major injuries and a few ideas about injury recovery.
Whenever I get injured, I have a hard time dealing emotionally. I am pretty restless. So when I do get injured, I try to isolate other body groups and still exercise. For example, during my ankle pain this week, I did abs and arms and maybe even some elliptical. Times when I’ve strained my IT, I’ve swam during my recovery.
Tips for injury recovery
- For a minor injury, make sure to take a few rest days. When the injury seems small, taking a few days will help your body to recover.
- Drink lots of water and relax.
- Make sure to ice the injury and keep it elevated whenever possible.
- Listen to your body and take the rest that it needs.
- If any injury doesn’t get better after a few day, consider taking some longer periods off. Look into a Sports therapist or PT who can diagnose the injury. This will help you to know the best way to deal with it.
- Swimming can be a great workout during an injury. Get in the pool, and get a full body workout with very little resistance.
- Ellipticals are also an effective way to get a low impact workout. Up the resistance to make the workout more challenging.
- Jump on a bike or a stationary bike indoors when you have an injury. Biking alleviates a lot of pressure on your lower joints. Biking can be a fun workout even when you aren’t injured, you can see a lot of your city on a bike!
Not-fun fact: One of my worst injuries was while I was training for Twin Cities Marathon. I had an overuse/stress fracture in my leg. The injury came when I was working as a hostess at a restaurant, and it was only two weeks before the marathon. I struggled with the decision to still run since I’d trained for almost four months. My physical therapist put me in a foot boot full time (even sleeping) until the race. I am glad I did finished the race, but it probably made the recovery time longer than it would have been with rest only. I had to go to some physical therapy for a couple months after the race.
My boot looked pretty ridiculous that weekend visiting friends at Iowa State. Hahaha.
Have you ever had a bad injury?
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