Are you a professional athlete or office worker who likes going to the gym? If so, then dealing with injuries is something you will probably face at some point. Muscle strains, twisted ankles, dislocated shoulders, and stubbed toes are all possible. What’s more, this is just a few examples, but there are many more. Some gym injuries are minor and go away in a few days. However, others require a more serious treatment programme before you’re back at the gym.
Gym injuries are not only painful, but they’re also a real inconvenience. We often hear of people setting themselves a goal and then suffering an injury setback. The immediate pain fades, but their desire to proceed is impeded by the need to recover.
Here are our top five tips for dealing with injuries.
Seek the Right Help
The first step is to find a medical professional who is familiar with your activities. They can understand the impact of your injury on your lifestyle. Also, they can design a customised treatment plan to get you back into the gym.
GPs can be a great place to start but with a sports-specific injury. However, a referral to a more specialised doctor or therapist is usually required. At Delta Fitness, we have in-house trained physical therapists who are well versed in diagnosing and treating a wide range of injuries. In fact, they can lead clients through rehab programmes on-site in our facilities.
Accept the Situation
It’s never ideal, and you’ll want to get back to your programme as quickly as possible. However, accepting the injury is important. In fact, even if it’s not what you want to hear, you should accept it.
However, you need to get through to acceptance. This ensures you focus on a plan for recovery. You will be able to take positive action to recover fully. Acceptance also includes following your rehabilitation programme without rushing it. Our bodies need time to recover from injury. That’s why recovery can also lead to a recurrence of the same or similar injury.
Recover With the Same Focus as You Train
Gym-goers and athletes can often get into the Zone to train hard in the gym. Yet when it comes to following their rehab programmes, they lapse into missing sessions and not giving their rehabilitation the attention it deserves.
Delta Fitness was founded on three pillars. One of these is recovery. We believe this just as critical as working out hard and eating properly! Working with a personal trainer guiding through your rehabilitation can help motivate you and keep you on the road to recovery. Also, you’ll see progress and improvement as you stick with it. As a result, that will keep you going until you’re up and running again.
Focus on What You Can Do
You may find yourself focusing on what you’re no longer able to do. However, you can usually continue training in some way by modifying your training regime. Do different forms of cardio and isolation exercises is a great way to stay active while you recover. It’s important to reduce the overall intensity of your training. This is so that you can focus on your rehab programme and your body can focus on repairing itself.
Make Prevention a Priority
Injuries suck. So, do your best to prevent a recurrence and protect yourself from other injuries. At Delta Fitness we advocate prehab instead of rehab. As part of all our programmes, our personal trainers monitor your movements and imbalances. This helps prevent injuries occurring in the first place. Being in the best shape of your life includes being in optimal condition to keep you active for years to come.