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Tips for training with an injury

All activity carries the risk of injury. When injury strikes, one of the best things to do is to rest the affected area until the injured area has recovered. It doesn’t mean that you need to be completely inactive. In fact, being completely inactive is definitely worse than training at less than your usual intensity.

1. Do things that don’t hurt! Work around your injury

Generally speaking, there is always something you can be doing to stay active. If it is a bunged up knee, you can do some upper body work. If running is putting too much strain on your ankles, a cycle is a gentle way to keep the heart pumping. If you don’t know what you can be doing to stay active, ask!

2. Gradually and slowly load the injured area

It is important to slowly and gradually strengthen the injured site (provided it is safe to do so from advice from a physio or exercise physiologist). Doing nothing at all for the injured area means it becomes weaker and even increases your chance of reinjuring later on.

3. Keep fit and active

Fitness and muscles can best be described as ‘use it or lose it’. Think about how hard you find getting back into training after a few weeks off. That 400m run that you used to find manageable is now a struggle and that dumbbell you used to have no trouble popping overhead multiple times is now feels twice as heavy. The same applies if you become completely inactive while waiting for your injury to get better. Extended periods of inactivity makes you unfit and weak!


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