Let’s talk injuries…or boo-boo’s for some of you less mature folk out there.
Injuries happen. They are a part of life. Stub the toe, scrape the shin, paper cuts…these are all everyday injuries.
But the kind we are most concerned with are those that happen in the box.
We’re going to go over two kinds of injuries, how to diagnose them, how to treat/fix them, and how to avoid them from happening again.
The first kind of injury is “Acute.”
Dropped a barbell on your head?
Fell off a plyo-box?
Broke Wall-Ball rule #1? (For those unaware of our rule, it’s catching it with your face!)
These are examples of acute injuries – they are immediate in their expression of symptoms: pain, redness, tenderness, swelling, inability to bear weight, etc. They hurt, right away.
Treating acute injuries depends on the severity of the injury. For something minor, ice, compression, and a day of rest should do the trick. Something more sever may require immediate medical attention. COMMUNICATE immediately with your coach should something happen while you’re training.
How to avoid acute injuries: be smart. Check your ego at the door. Don’t push beyond your limits and avoid trying stupid things. Lastly, get into and maintain good position from the START of a movement.
Stay tuned for ‘Part Two’ tomorrow! In the meantime, I want to remind everyone: As always, please tell your coach if something is bothering you or if you’re hurt.