Rehabilitation of Training Injuries

Rehabilitation is an important step in the process of overcoming an injury and returning to training. Once the damage has occurred, the rehabilitation process must begin. It is important to determine the cause of the injury, and not just focus on the symptom before beginning rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation programs are meant to challenge, enhance and improve the area injured without incurring further damage. A reduction in the motion that caused the injury is necessary in order to facilitate healing and avoid further aggravation. The goal is to reduce the inflammation before increasing muscular endurance. After injury occurs, ice is used to limit the blood flow to the area and reduce swelling. It is generally used within the first forty-eight hours. Heat is used for soft tissue injuries, increasing the blood flow to the area and is generally used forty-eight hours after the injury occurs.

Knowing when and how much to stretch, as well as when and what to strengthen, is important. Stretching and strengthening should begin slowly, to improve the range of motion and increase the muscle strength of the injured area. Improved circulation and stability can be obtained through posture exercises. Well-developed posture is the foundation to a fit body that functions effectively.

Throughout the rehabilitation process, avoid any exercise that causes pain in any way; listen to your body. Concentrate on the exercises that will improve the function of the injured area.