An athlete experiences a mild sprain, or starts to notice recurring pain and limitation and gets it checked out without any remarkable or concerning findings from their health practitioner. They are advised to rest, take pain medications and use a brace. After a few weeks they get rid of the brace, yet the sprain still hurts and now they feel stiff and more unstable on it.
“Just resting” is problematic for many reasons, here are some main ones:
1. Rest doesn’t actually FIX anything: This is because the MAIN CAUSE of the problem is not addressed by rest alone. Rest just ignores the problem.
2. Whole body de-conditioning: Typically the athlete’s pain is localized to one area of their body, back, ankle, knee, shoulder or a specific muscle group. Even if one part of your body is injured, the other 95% of your body is still healthy and capable of training. Shutting down completely when injured is the BIGGEST MISTAKE an athlete can make, and the athlete's entire body loses strength, power, endurance, and flexibility. The rest of your body will get de-conditioned, weak, tight, and depression may set in because you are not releasing through exercise the “feel good” endorphins you were previously. Just because your ankle hurts doesn’t me you still can’t workout. The issue is that most players, parents, coaches or trainers do not know how to modify and adapt an athlete's training to accommodate for their injury.
So what’s the best thing for the (parent) athlete to do? Identify and address the CAUSE of the problem. This can be accomplished by working with a specialist sports Physical Therapist at Perseverance Physical Therapy & Pilates. Please call to set up a FREE phone consultation here with one of our Specialist Physical Therapists to start healing today!
Additionally, a Physical Therapist can work closely with your coaches or trainers to determine what activities and training schedules are safe for you to participate in to minimize down training time and loss of gains as you recover. It is critical to safely train your body, refine and perfect your technique even when you have an injury!
Are you an athlete suffering from an injury finding rest isn’t working and you're still unable to get back to working out or your sport....then check out our FREE Tips : "6 Critical Tips for Athletes: To Return to Training & Sports Quicker & Prevent Re-injury."
At Perseverance Physical Therapy & Pilates we help people aged 40+ stay fit, active and overcome mobility loss to be able to live the life they love without fear, limitation and depending on painkillers or procedures.
Yvonne A. Castillo, MSPT, DPT, CPT