Our bodies are very strong structures who get us through a huge array of life changes and life events. Going from workout to workout, it’s important to be aware of form and technique so we can practice safety first. Regardless, we are human. With being human also comes the probability of gaining an injury every once in a while.
To categorize injuries, most of us can either be susceptible to acute or chronic injuries. Acute would mean it’s an injury that doesn’t necessarily require a ton of rehabilitation or correction and happens at once from a specific issue – such as twisting an ankle. On the flip side, chronic injuries can be those that build up from overuse or overtraining. These can take time to come to light or get worse and worse with more training done to that particular area – such as plantar fasciitis from wearing the wrong running shoes or running too much.
Today I’ll chat about some of the most prevalent overuse injuries that can happen to us.
The TOP THREE overuse injuries are:
Plantar fasciitis – inflammation of fascia/connective tissue in the foot, underside of foot
Chondromalacia – overuse injury affecting articular cartilage of posterior surface of patella
Achilles tendonitis – inflammation of connective tissue that joins muscle to bone to the underside, rear of the foot
Treatment for each can depend on the severity and individual symptoms that can occur. I know for me personally that I experience the Chondromalacia mostly when I teach Insanity too much in a week. When I feel onset of tweaks in my knee, I have to take time to modify workouts and be sure to monitor lateral m movement in my knee. It’s from overuse for me, but mostly when I’m not watching my form and my knee isn’t placed right before doing a jump or squat.
We’re all susceptible to injuries, and getting one doesn’t mean we’re not doing what we should or that we messed up in any way. Sometimes, our bodies just change and shift from aging or from us thinking we can do more than possibly we should do physically.
How do we avoid or prevent injuries?
Proactive treatment can include ice to areas we use often as well as monitoring form and technique first and foremost. Footwear and floor surfaces can also play a factor. Other times, we may not be able to prevent injuries – especially when we’re training for an endurance run and want to get the miles in. Getting in the right amount of recovery between workouts can help us muscles and tendons and ligaments repair when needed as well.
We can try to practice safety as best we can and use an awareness to stay as safe as possible.
How do you include the appropriate form and technique practice along with recovery to prevent injuries?
How have injuries helped create an awareness for you with your training?