Injuries can be a major set back to any sports or fitness program especially for highly active individuals. Injuries mean lost time and can bring a new mental challenge of feeling defeated. But believe it or not, the challenges that come from recovery can actually inspire improvement. Here are my three tips to focus on during rehabilitation and recovery to return back to your fitness lifestyle stronger than ever.
1. Understanding what happened.
Rehabilitation and recovery are not just physical but also psychological. Individuals cope with illness and injury in different ways. Understanding what happened will be key to your rehab plan so you can avoid further injury. Knowing what went wrong will also help you mentally, as getting injured can really impact your confidence level.
2. Prehab-Rehab Phase.
As a fitness professional, I have an obligation to protect the individual's I train and work with; even from themselves in the gym. With proper screening tools, fitness coach's should be able to identify the problem and avoid movement patterns that could lead to injury. When it comes to phases of your fitness life cycle your objectives are to PROTECT, CORRECT, and DEVELOP your fitness to avoid setbacks from injuries. Correction is simply identifying the area of dysfunctions and redefining them with exercises that will improve your movement patterns. By focusing in on the exercises it allows you to develop and create more effective workouts that you can scale by revisiting your screening results from before.
3. Don't think muscle, think MOVEMENT.
More training time, over the integrity of your workout, leads to injury and fewer results in your fitness lifestyle. You can get the body of your dreams by simply looking at the patterns and teaching your body to engage your workouts as a single functional unit. The actual techniques taught through movement patterns from centuries of using yoga, Indian clubs, kettle bells, and martial arts are embraced during physical rehabilitation.
"Work smarter not harder". The brain loves pattern information and will work the muscles that need to contribute once it knows what it needs to accomplish. Tell your brain what it needs and feed it some patterns it can build on. Do you need more balance? Do you need more posture? Do you need more strength? Do you need more speed?
To quote the world class trainer Naudi Aguila "train intentionally and not habitually".