Exercise during injury

What’s the best thing to do during injury: giving your body rest or performing exercises? What we’ve seen at Sports Focus is that many people are either doing too little or too much exercise during injury. For advice, we suggest seeing a Sports Focus physiotherapist to help you manage your injury and prevent further damage.

Why exercise during injury?

Resting too long during an injury can create a de-training effect. Basically, this pushes your training loads down, which can lead to an increased risk of injury when you return to sport. Not to mention, this can lead to loss of strength and increases your chances of re-injury when you eventually return to play.

Can you exercise too much?

Rest and recovery are important for any training or athletic performance program. Make sure you take enough time to rest, otherwise you’re training for nothing. The body needs enough to recover from a regular workout, let alone an injury. Enjoy the benefits of rest, as it may improve your performance in the end.

See a physiotherapist and listen to what they say about rest and recovery. And again, make sure you don’t rest for too long, as small strength and conditioning exercises can be one of the best things for your body. We can help you modify your workout sessions, reducing your training intensity and volume, so that way you are still keeping active.

Exercising while injured is important and resting for too long can increase your training load when you return to sport or activity. But if you don’t give your body enough time to rest, it won’t be able to heal the injury. We can help you meet in the middle by showing you safe and easy exercises that can aid your recovery. Call our physiotherapists today to find out how we can help you.