Jul 20th, 2013
On one of the many visits I made to my surgeon before finally deciding on my shoulder repair, he asked me “what’s in it for you?” My guy is the team surgeon for a pro baseball team and is invited to ‘the Combine‘ every year. He deals with athletes that have millions of dollars riding on their performance. He wondered what I was getting out of tearing up my body to the point that I needed his services. Definitely food for thought… Here is an article from Breakingmuscle.com that poses a similar question and offers up some advice I wanted to share with all of you.
I encourage you to read the entire article, but here are a couple of highlights:
- Remember your goals: Is your objective to compete at the CrossFit Games or other high level sporting contest? Or are you heading to the gym for general health and fitness. In other words, what’s in it for you?
“The thing most people lose sight of, and that Dan John makes clear up above, is that in nearly all cases people are training for the health benefits. So if you’re training for health, why would you pick exercises that hurt you?”
- If you do get injured – which is clearly indicated by pain – lay off the movements that cause said pain.
“If you keep causing yourself pain you’re not healing. I’ll add to Dan’s quotation above – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Remove whatever it is that is hurting you, even if that means completely halting training in the short-term.”
- If your injury does not heal, or if you require surgery or if you have had previous injuries/surgeries- remember that sometimes you need to accept that fact that some movements are not meant for you. This may require a bit of grieving, but this is the great thing about CrossFit : there is always an option for you to get stronger and fitter. I would like to insert right here that I completed 40 pistols today. That would not have happened had I not been forced to concentrate on lower-body movements as my upper body is figuring out its new capacity.
“The hard part then is in teaching yourself what is now your new norm, and what you can do to adapt and make training fit you, not force yourself to blindly follow a plan you know is going to upset your body.”
- If you are injured or recovering from surgery, please do not stop moving. There is always something you can do. We are here to help you find that something.
“If you hurt one limb, train the other three. Hard. You will recover faster (by some miracle, I can’t explain why) and you might even fix a glaring issue.”
If you are hurt or get hurt or know someone who is hurt, please read this article and let us know. Don’t despair! Getting hurt happens to active people. We will help you through it.
If you are not hurt: focus on those mechanics, work on your mobility, build strength, skill and flexibility and listen to your body! Pain means STOP. CrossFit is awesome and just plain FUN. Don’t let injury take that away from you.