Should I Stay or Should I go?

Sep 30th, 2010

Should I Stay or Should I go?

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These guys will miss you when you’re sick & help you when you’re injured
 

When dealing with sickness and injury I sometimes see a little bit of backward thinking at CFO.  Some people think they should stay home when injured and wait until they heal before they workout again.  Others think that they should come in when they have a cold or flu and ‘push through it’.  Maybe I can help clear this up…

If you are sick, please stay home.  It is not good for you to push yourself – you need to give your body adequate rest in order to right off whatever little nasty has invaded your system.  It is also not good for others who are working very closely with you, sharing space and equipment.  Here are some helpful guidelines borrowed from the administration of my children’s school:

HELP US PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS:
    ?    Please stay home when you are sick and do not return until you have been FEVER–FREE for 24 hours.
    ?    WASH your hands several times a day. Use soap and water and wash for as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday!
    ?    CARRY A HAND SANITIZER in your backpack to use when you cannot use soap and water.
    ?    DO NOT SHARE food, drinks, eating utensils, (barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells an other bells) cell phones, etc.
    ?    COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE. Use a tissue or cover with your elbow, arm or sleeve.

On the other hand, if you are injured it might not be the best idea to stay away from the gym until you are completely healed.  Of course, if you have incurred a serious injury or have undergone surgery, you should follow the advice of your doctor until you are recovered enough to rejoin your regular activities.  However, if you have a bum knee or shoulder, please do not stop using it altogether.  As a wise man across the bay always says – "Motion is Lotion". 

This does not mean you should ‘work through’ an injury!!  Always, ALWAYS let your coach know if you have an injury so that we can be extra careful with you and make adjustments so that you can get your WOD on in a safe and sane manner.  In almost all cases, we can find SOMETHING for you to do and who knows, it might be something super-fun that you would never have tried otherwise.

Share in comments a time when you were forced to stay away from CFO or to work around an injury.