The key points:
· Part of training is developing awareness of your body
· Work on your weaknesses
· Create balance in the body (balance doesn’t mean equality)
· Learn from your injuries
· Prevent problems, don’t create them and then have to treat them.
One of the key things we should be developing with our training is embodiment. This is being aware of what is happening in our bodies. Non-impact related injuries don’t just come from nowhere. They develop over time and in most cases they are recurring. You get injured, you fix it, then you go on as normal and it happens again. The cycle if injury and rehab repeats itself. This is Damage control. There is an injury and it gets fixed so that you’re functional again, but what prevention do you do?
Manage yourself don’t damage control yourself.
We all get injured. Once you get injured you need to put in the work to recover from the injury. Damage control has its place and is necessary, but most people, myself included, don’t do enough to manage themselves and their injury risks. Once you recover what do you do to prevent the injury from happening again? This is managing yourself. I was reminded about this again because of a shoulder injury that flared up seemingly out of nowhere, but it was because of lack of management. So now its damage control and once it’s healed, it will be management. It’s not hard to do it just takes awareness, but we make mistakes and learn. Such is life. Learn from mine.
Our lifestyles influence what happens to our body. There is a cause and effect to everything we do. Bench press a lot, develop shoulder niggles. Run a lot, get back pain. When we do something to increase our ability in that area we are pushing the body out of its current balance, that is not saying the system (your body) is balanced, but when we work harder in one area we disturb the balance more. In doing so the underlying weaknesses come out.
The good in this is you see weaknesses, the hard part is understanding them and fixing them. Detailed explanations exceeds the scope of this post, but this is why the guidance of a good coach and/ or physio is invaluable. When we train we increase muscle strength, but we also increase tension in the muscles and connective tissues around joints. If we have and underlying imbalance an increased workload just amplifies it.
So if you do a lot of pushing work what are you doing to create balance around your shoulder joint? How much pulling exercise are you doing? What mobility work are you doing to balance all the tension generating thing that you do? If you are doing a lot of high intensity running. What are you doing to maintain mobility and balance at the hip joint?
Everything has a price. Whatever we do has an effect, usually a combination of desired and undesired effects. Are we aware of and are we controlling the undesired effects?