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Returning From Injury

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Returning from Injury
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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t get injured because we prepared our bodies for the thrashing we know awaits us; however, Murphy and his Law are here to fuck you up. Sometimes, injuries sustained are not preventable, like rolling an LTATV and getting your foot crushed from the vehicle rolling on top of it (speaking from personal experience).
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The injury itself is a mindfuck, because you’re not able to continue performing at the level you were literally just at an hour before the injury; you think of how long it will take to be able to walk again, but not only walk, but to ruck with 100+lbs on your back.  You think about the pool time you’re missing out on because you can’t get your cast wet. Your leg is literally withering away before your eyes as muscle atrophy plays its part in fucking you along with Murphy.
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S L O W D O W N
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Recovery takes time, DO NOT RUSH THE PROCESS.  Give your body the time it needs and use your forced free time to work on other things. Work on your mobility, work on your static breath holds, keep your cardio up by any means necessary. When I was dealing with a bum foot, I rigged up a slide board underneath the rower and put a slide pad on my cast and I would just go to town on that thing.
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Once you’re able to begin training again, you need to remind yourself that it is going to take time to get back to where you were.  Focus on building your foundation again and listen to your body; I’ve seen many who are chomping at the bit to get back to training so much that they rush their recovery process and end up having a recurring injury they have to constantly deal with.
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Take the L and play out the hand you’re dealt. Be smart about your recovery and begin plotting your return to action. Sleep, sleep, and more sleep. Stay hydrated and eat healthy, you’re already behind now with this injury, there’s no sense in piling on your “debt”.

 

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