How to Handle the Injured Client Who Just Won't Accept Defeat
beings are simply incredible. We’re capable of achieving the near
impossible, able to climb mountains and overcome struggles the likes
many can’t even fathom. It’s truly amazing to see us in action. The
human spirit, the essence that drives us to go further is also amazing.
While I have to respect our urge to push on, sometimes we have to know
when to surge forward and when to fall back for our own health.
you injured? Have you been injured in the past 6 months? Do you know or
are you training someone who’s been in this situation? It’s important
to understand that while you may want to get up and do all manner of
awesome stuff, you have to be aware of your body and how it’s doing. If
you’re injured you need to rest and changeup your game plan before it
not joking; what spurred this whole article was a conversation I had
recently with a past friend who asked for advice. He had torn a muscle
and worn down his ligaments but was looking for the way to stay in the
game and keep pushing forward. Naturally, I told him he needs to rest
and take it easy, but it just wasn’t enough. After some time speaking
with him it seemed like he reluctantly agreed to listen to my advice.
not fun, cool, or awesome to push yourself when you’re injured,
especially if you’re fresh off the injury. Think about it, whatever
event caused the injury is a lesson; not one of fear but a learning
experience to improve yourself in the long run. The downtime you need is
part of that improvement process and you need to take it or something
could get worse.
I’ll mention it again; things could get worse. Imagine tearing a muscle
in your leg and needing assistance walking. Should you really be
pushing yourself and trying to work your legs? The first thing I always
suggest is seeing a physician and/or a therapist. There’s nothing tough
about you hobbling around after a serious injury when you could take a
few months and begin the healing process.
you don’t take time, you’re going to suffer more. Take it from me, I’ve
been injured in the past and I’ve told myself the wisest decision is to
take time and slowly work myself into the groove again. Injury isn’t
the end of your life; you’re going to come back from this. You’re going
to be able to change the way you train to achieve the results you need,
but take the opportunity to think it through and come back stronger.
if you’re the professional speaking to a client, friend, or family
member about this? It’s disheartening to tell someone who’s genuinely
enthusiastic about exercising that they need to take it down a notch.
Too many people skip exercise as it is, but if you don’t have that
conversation with them things may get worse. They may injure another
part of their body; the likelihood of this increases if they’re going to
exercise without paying heed to the hurt area.
you’re the one who wants to push through the pain or they are, keep in
mind that this isn’t the end, there’s room for a comeback but you need
to be safe. Exercise isn’t a complete bust either, you can train other
areas of your body or take up different activities that may engage you
but are safe for your current situation; swimming always seems to work
again, if a trained professional isn’t involved it’s a must that they
become so. Again, there’s nothing cool, manly, womanly, or respectable
in pushing through this. There’s no medal at the end of this road and
the people egging you on aren’t looking out for your benefit. You have
to change the way you exercise and heed the call of your hurting area;
take a break, see a professional, and go through your recovery.
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