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There are a lot of people who would just avoid training whilst injured. However, with the right guidance, you should be able to keep training whilst injured to make sure you don’t end up back at square one once you’re better.
This being said you should always consult a professional before undertaking a training program especially if you are injured.
The first question to ask yourself is: why am I injured
This might seem like a silly questions but it will help you understand how to avoid injuring yourself again and how you can strengthen weaknesses that may be causing injury.
How did you injury yourself? Was it because of any imbalances in the body, or simply a silly trip and stumble. Is it from repetitive strain or a weakness or even tightness in the body.
Once you find out why you have been injured, the best next step is to find out how to avoid repeating the injury. Your physio or trainer may give you exercises or stretches to help reduce the amount of time you will be injured for and furthermore, prevent future injuries.
Once you have covered this very important step, it’s time to figure out what you can and can’t do in the gym. The main objective here is to train without aggravating or making your injury worse.
What can and what you can't do in the gym
For example, if you have a shoulder injury, focus on training your legs. Squats, lunges, deadlifts, box jumps, running, rowing, etc.
It depends on the nature of the injury of course as to what exercises you may be restricted to, but there will always be something you can do!
Even if it is just the rehab exercises you have been prescribed.
A blessing in disguise
Furthermore, the injury may be a blessing in disguise. You may be injured which means you have more opportunity to work on weaknesses.
For example, if you hurt your ankle, you may have more time to just work your weak upper body or back. Trying to turn a negative into a positive is always a good thing!
Stay calm and keep improving
Try not to get too frustrated with the process. It can be a long road to recovery, but if you do what the professionals tell you too, and keep as active as possible, coming back to the gym should be no problem, with a better stronger you!