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Should I train if I am injured?

Always consult a medical professional prior to engaging in any type of fitness, health, or sporting activity. Depending on the advisement you receive, you can plan accordingly. There are some ailments, injuries, or illnesses that require rest and relaxation to treat properly. If you do not rest as advised, you may not fully recover which can negatively impact your performance. If you have some options, it is always a wise policy to do activities that can rehabilitate injuries or train around any physical limitations the injury may be causing. Seek professional advice since every situation is unique and the highest level of care may be required. Err on the side of caution if you choose not to seek professional medical advice and avoid training conditions or exercises that would exacerbate the problem or injury.

The answer that question would depend on a couple of different factors.  First, have you seen a physician for this injury and if so did they say you could not train?  If the physician stated you could not train then please follow their guidelines and report back to them if your condition changes.   The second factor would be where the injury is located.  If you have a lower body injury (ie. knee or ankle) you may be able to train your upper body and vice versa if your physician gives the okay.  Often times by simply asking your physician, certified athletic trainer, or physical therapist about your injury and training they can recommend different forms of an exercise so that you can continue to train and reach your goals but protect that injury.

Brian Yee
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
It depends on the severity of injury. There are many things you can do in terms of exercise that can not tax or exacerbate your injury. It would be wise to consult with a qualfied health practitioner to determine the extent of your injury. You should then see an injury specialist to hopefully help rehabilitate your injury as well as provide proper training programs to improve your injury as well as train without causing further injury.

You never want to do anything that is going to make your injury worse. It's best to follow your doctors prescription. Depending on the severity sometimes a doctor will prescribe physical therapy. It's important to stick to the program a physical therapist gives you.

 

After you've checked with your doctor and/or physical therapist, psychologically it's important to be able to continue doing something. For example, if you have a knee injury your physical therapist may be working with you on range of motion but you should be able to do upper body work in a way that doesn't irritate your knee. This can provide increased self esteem and confidence during a time when the injury has probably decreased self esteem and confidence.

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