Runners get hurt; it is a fact of life. And when we do, if it is bad enough, we tend to do all of the right things in order to recover from an injury and get back to running. However, I believe the number one tip for dealing with running injuries is often ignored.
The Number One Tip For Dealing With Running Injuries
This past Monday I went out for an easy run. Going down a steep hill, less than a mile into the run, my left hamstring seized up and all of the tendons in the back of my knee went snap, crackle, and pop. That run was over, so I walked home and stopped for the day.
Of course, I attacked the injury with everything that I could throw at the problem, rest, ice, compression, elevation… but I also knew that for some reason “this was bad” and immediately called my PT Tim Reed to get an appointment so that he can help in the recovery as well.
In a nutshell, all that I can do I am doing to fix this injury, from and external point of view that is.
My first race of 2017 will be March, 18th, and I really need to start training by January 1st, in earnest to meet my goals for that race. Of course, right now I could be all freaked out over it all, stressed to the max about not being able to run, etc… but instead, I am following the number one tip for dealing with running injuries the best that I can…
I am relaxed, and I am relaxing about the problem…
And that is pretty much it… folks, if you run, you are going to get hurt, and chances are that you have been injured in the past as well. Unless the injury was something substantially sinister, it is likely that you have long healed up and moved on… So why would your current, or next injury be any different?
The body heals better when it is relaxed… after all; it is the first priority of any physical therapist to get the area of the body around an injury to relax, first and foremost. So do not undo his or her work by worrying, or being angry, or upset, and tensing things back up… relax and let the body do its thing and heal.
Throw everything at the problem, up to and including the kitchen sink to promote your healing? Yes, do that… but take the pressure off yourself as you are working through an injury by relaxing about it.
That right there is the number one tip for dealing with running injuries and the most important thing that you can do if you are injured.
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Photo By Andy Wooten 18 August 2007 (After completing the Pikes Peak Double with a sprained ankle. A cigar and a glass of wine might be relaxing too much but then again, I was celebrating.)