Lately it seems like I have one little nagging injury after another. Nothing major, just little annoying bumps, bruises, pains, etc. continuously cropping up. Training for me has almost always been like this but as I age it seems to be more frequent. I was working just the other day with another IRT practitioner and after his lesson I realized my left shoulder was in pain. Just a slight pain but none the less painful.
So what to do?
When I have an injury I follow the standard treatment protocol of RICE! Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. I rest whatever is injured. I ice it after training. I apply compression which is easily doable now with all of the compression sleeves, tape, etc. and I elevate it particularly when I am sleeping. Now, I teach, train at the very least three to four hours a day. So taking day’s off or not having any body movement simply is not going to happen. So I work around my injuries! I train and teach apply RICE and work around the current injury so that I can fulfill my duties and obligations. On that rare occasion of a day when I do not have a lesson if I am injured I totally rest other than stretching.
Of course consult your physician and get a professional opinion on injuries that you feel warrant it. That should always be a part of your treatment plan as well!
As a lifelong martial practitioner we will all have bumps and bruises, some times that serious injury, some times that minor injury. Still, because of our passion we have to find a way to work around them and keep harmony with our life. It is not always easy but it is the path we chose!
See You On The Mats!
Brian R. VanCise
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