Trick knees, bum ankle, old sports injuries from your football days that act up from time to time… all of these are excuses for body parts that were neglected at one time or another. The older we get, the more obvious that neglect becomes. Inflammation builds up over the years. Tearing exercise injuries that never fully healed get reinjured with more use. Repetitive motion injuries like Tennis Elbow become progressively worse. Eventually you end up moaning and groaning to get out of a chair. Or you stop taking the stairs because it hurts your feet. You slowly become less and less active and you begin to look, act and feel old. Some people chalk it up to the natural aging process… but in truth, properly caring for even minor injuries can help ensure they don’t haunt you later.
There are many simple way you can incorporate sports injury treatment into you post workout plan that you can do yourself. Pulled muscles can be treated with heat and massage. Tendon and ligament damage, if mild, responds well to immobilization, compression, elevation and alternating heat and cold. Joint injuries can be treated with anti-inflammatories, immobilization, and ice. However, the most important aspect of recovery is adequate rest. Most sports injuries take between 8 and 15 days to fully heal, yet most men force 100% effort the very same day pain subsides. This sets the stage for a relapse injury… and the longer an injury hangs around the more likely it is to never go away. This is important to keep in mind when you feel a pain that is not quite right, listen to your body and take a rest day. You will gain more by taking the time to allow your body to heal then you would from that extra workout while you are not feeling 100%. So while you’re getting up to speed on a youth-building exercise program, don’t forget to slow down when you get injured… your body will thank you.