Sadly, triathlon injuries are more common than we’d like them to be. Most common triathlete injuries are because of overuse and repetition. That is why it is so essential for you to take extra care of your body while you are in training. However, sometimes injury can be inevitable. If you are injured, it's important to manage it properly. Here are some tips for handling life after an injury.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not giving the injury enough time to heal. Listen carefully to your doctor or physical therapists' advice as to how long you should stay off your injury. Be careful to not rush your return to training (if you can return). You may be anxious to get back to work, but you're not helping yourself if you get hurt again or can’t participate to your fullest potential. In order to allow the proper time for healing, the correct injury must be identified. Experts with degrees in radiology specialize in CT, MRI, and x-ray procedures which target the injury allow doctors to determine exactly what happened during your injury and how severe the trauma is.
Most injuries will require physical therapy to help you get back to normal. The focus will be first on regaining full motion of the injured appendage. Next, you will build up strength. Finally, you will regain endurance. Find a physical therapist that works around your needs and specializes in the treatment of your type of injury. Avoid neglecting your rehab process. Failure to do so will not improve your condition and can lead to more injury in the future.
Depression is a common occurrence that happens after injury. Many people feel a loss when they can no longer be as active as they once were. It can also be discouraging when an injury takes longer to progress than initially anticipated. There are many psychologists specifically trained to help athletes and runners appropriately handle this type of loss. There are so many resources out there that will be able to give you proper access to this help.
A serious triathlon injury can change your entire lifestyle. If this happens to you seek the help necessary to heal and regain mobility. Get involved with other hobbies and activities to focus your mind on other matters. No matter how important triathletes are to you, it is always more important to make your health your number one priority on your road to recovery.
Article by Kara Masterson, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College