Exercise Plays Role in Recovery From Sports Injuries

I just read a great article in the HealthDay News, it read in short that if you’re an athlete or just a person that loves to exercise every day, in many cases you don’t have to completely stop exercising if you have a strained muscle, sprained ankle or foot injury.

In fact, “Exercise can definitely be beneficial for a person dealing with an injury. Depending on its type, the injured area should be moved and not left in place for a long period of time,” Colleen Greene, wellness coordinator with MFit, the University of Michigan Health System’s health promotion division, said in a prepared statement.

“Some people think they should just rest and not move at all with an injury. Doing that can actually be worse because — depending on the amount of time one does not move the appendage — the muscle might begin to atrophy,” Greene said.

As you know, if you are injured, the general rule of thumb for initial treatment is Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE). Once you’ve done that, consult a doctor as soon as possible. If the injury is severe enough, you may be referred to a physical therapist or specialist trainer. They’ll help guide your recovery and offer tips on how to maintain strength while you heal.

The goal is always maintain strength, not to gain while you are in a recovery mode. The key is to rebuild what you’ve lost and don’t push it. Pay attention to any pain and if you experience it, slow down.

Remember that pain is always the indicator that you’re pushing too much. A little discomfort is to be expected when you’re recovering, but pain means stop and try something else. You want to recover not re-injur.