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How can I train if I have a shoulder injury and cannot play rugby?

First, be sure to check in with your medical staff if you are performing additional work outside of your rehabilitation program. Also, be sure to communicate to them your concern regarding your endurance during rehabilitation. Perhaps you can ride a stationary bike while your shoulder is healing. Be creative with your training routine when on the bike; perform intervals on the bike with various bursts of acceleration and rest periods. For instance, pedal at an easy, comfortable pace for 30 seconds. Then increase resistance and sprint for 10 seconds. Without resting, reduce the resistance and pedal at a comfortable pace again for 30 seconds. Repeat. Make sure you have clearance from your medical staff (athletic trainer, physical therapist, doctor) first. While you’re injured, don’t lose confidence in yourself. Stick to the rehabilitation program and you’ll be back on the field quickly.

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