Injuries happen all the time. Athletes of all levels and even those who aren’t athletes can experience an injury. Recovery can be as simple as a little ice or heat and elevation. It can also be as complicated as surgery and take months. The key to recovering is understanding your injury and preventing it from happening again.
Were you tackled in a football game? That’s easy to source. Do you have daily low back pain and discomfort? Maybe your hamstrings are tight, maybe it’s something else. Are you having knee pain because you’re heel striking while you run? Are your knees falling in when you squat under weight? Lots of day to day and chronic injuries are not so easy to pin down but discovering what caused the problem is the best possible thing you can do to move forward.
Unfortunately just taking time off until your injured body feels better isn’t the answer. Without understanding your injury you’re likely to go out and sooner or later go through the same thing again. So what’s the solution? Treat the problem (poor mobility, bad form), not the symptom (pain, strained muscle). Ask yourself these questions when you get hurt to get to the bottom of what went wrong:
What was I doing?
Are my movement patterns correct?
Do I have adequate mobility to perform these movements safely?
Am I using the correct equipment?
Do I take care of my body before and after a workout properly?
Am I over training?
If you can’t answer these questions or answer them satisfactorily, get help from a trainer, doctor or teacher who will guide you in the right direction. Stripping your activity down to the bare minimum will highlight the root of what caused your injury and help you avoid it in the future.