Life tasks become challenging. You feel overwhelmed with frustration. And, you can’t exactly train like you are use to.
Like I said, injuries suck.
A couple months ago I sustained an injury to my wrist. It’s been a slow recovery process but I must say I’ve learned an incredible amount in the process.
I went through the ‘stages of injury’ as I call them.
Stage #1 Denial: It’s not so bad. I’ll be fine. It doesn’t hurt THAT much. Yeah, that was all bullshit.
Stage #2 Facing The Facts: Yes, this injury wasn’t going away. I couldn’t ignore it. Not being able to open doors, lift a plate or hold a glass, let alone demonstrate a side plank or turkish get up to a client was NOT ok. I was hurt and I had to accept it.
Stage #3 Supreme Anger and Feeling Sorry for Myself: Yep. That wasn’t a fun stage for Taylor. I was frustrated that I couldn’t resume my normal training routine OR do my favourite exercises like Turkish Get ups, KB snatches or pull-ups (yes, I’m aware I’m a bit strange). I felt like I was going to lose my strength and not be able to maintain my fitness. I had to get over myself and I did (eventually).
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Stage #4 Trusting the Process and focusing on getting better!: I am fortunate to have an absolutely incredible physiotherapist as a colleague, teammate and good friend. She has given me outstanding care and has been extremely patient. Wrist injuries take time and as of today I’m almost back to full training capacity; She. Is. Incredible.
So here are my 3 big takeaways and if you have an injury I hope you can hear me out because you don’t have to just ‘live with it’ AND you can actually use the time to focus on other aspects of your training to better hit your fitness goals!
#1 – Find a physiotherapist that is focused on getting you better. This is THE most important thing you need to start with. Find and work with THE best. And no, sitting on a machine for your treatment is not going to help your injury (just like it won’t help your fitness, sorry I had to, couldn’t resist…).
#2 – Be patient and learn to work around your injury. Because I’ve had to modify my training I have been able to work on some other areas that I’ve been neglecting. For example today I held the a Kettlebell bottom’s up with the 24K and that felt awesome!
#3 – Maintain your training and find a coach that can help you – don’t give up! The WORSE thing you can do is simply not train. You can still train, trust me. Work with a coach that can modify your training to help you focus on getting better while still working on your fitness goals.
Like anything in life, you can learn a lot from the bumps in the road, never let them stop you! (but always slow down for speed bumps while driving.)