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Fitness And Injuries – What Should You Do?

Fitness And Injuries – What Should You Do?

So, you’ve gotten yourself injured.

Don’t worry, we all do it at one point or another.

Injuries are a part of fitness and exercise, and there’s often nothing that can be done to avoid them.

However, there’s a few things that you should do when you get an injury to make sure that you’re not putting yourself in further danger and also to ensure that you’re not out of the fitness game for very long.

To try and help you to make the smart choices, we’re going to be taking a look at what you should do when it comes to personal fitness.

Stop Exercising Immediately

This may seem like a fairly obvious one, but when you’re injured, it’s time to stop.

Don’t push yourself further and keep going.

If you develop an injury that makes you stop because of the pain, you need to call it quits and go home.

There’s no shame in it, but you shouldn’t make things worse or push on.

Assess The Wound

Now that you’ve gotten yourself home and are safe, it’s time to figure out what’s gone wrong.

Carefully inspect the area for any signs of obvious injury – cuts, bruising etc.

Don’t poke or prod too hard, because you’ll know if you’ve hit a sore spot.

Most injuries aren’t too difficult to diagnose.

Part of the assessment process means you need to take any action that is necessary.

This might mean that you’re going to be applying ice to bring down swelling, or cleaning out a flesh wound.

Take A Rest Day

If you have an injury that you’ve sustained from a fitness programme, you need to take a break.

You’re not just going to go back out tomorrow like nothing happened.

It’s advised that you take a very relaxed day off to let yourself heal up.

Don’t do anything massively strenuous, and definitely don’t try and exercise.

You’ll just make things worse.

Obviously, you may need to take more than one day to heal, so rest for as long as you need to.

Know When To Seek Help

Obviously, you’re probably not a trained professional.

It’s highly unlikely that you know exactly what’s wrong.

If your injury hasn’t gone down after a few days and is causing you constant pain, it might be a good idea to seek a professional.

They can tell you exactly what you’ve done and if there’s anything that’ll help the healing process along.

Don’t be afraid to go and see a doctor – that’s what they’re around for.

Overall, these are the things that you should do when it comes to you and your injuries.

It’s never fun to damage yourself, but you have to think clearly if something does go wrong.

Getting yourself home and safe should be your top priority.

There’s no sense in trying to keep on exercising if you’ve twisted an ankle or broken something.

You shouldn’t ever feel ashamed to take it easy for a few days while you get back to full strength.

Stubbornly pushing on will only put you at risk of a long term injury, so play it smart.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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