Injuries and physical activities are hardly separable, the best we can do is to establish measures such as designing a tailored fitness program and implement proper monitoring techniques to prevent injuries from occurring but when the inevitable happens the next course of action is to momentarily quit the program and focus on healing the injured part. After an injury, it is recommended that a person takes some time off the physical exercise program and focus on healing, however, most people become impatient midway through the healing period and attempt to resume their normal workout schedules, this put them at risk of the injury reoccurring and even worse to become severe which can throw them off their entire routine. After an injury, the safe way to get back to the gym is to look for recommended post injuries exercise guidelines that allow gradual, progressive, and safe physical activities. This article, therefore, has outlined some factors you need to consider after an injury before hitting the gym.
You need to seek medical clearance from your doctor, the clearance include post-injury diagnoses and reports detailing your readiness to resume physical exercises, this is important because the doctor highlights risks that can cause the injury to reoccur which is important in helping you adjust your exercise program, it is also prudent to consult an experienced exercise scientist to conduct post-injury fitness test to know your current fitness levels and get advise on safe ways to resume to your normal fitness regimen.
Once you get a nod from your doctor the next thing is to mentally prepare yourself, think of what landed you where you are, was it overtraining, inappropriate sports attire, lack of enough recovery? Poor exercise techniques? And many other things that could have caused the injury, this is important because it acts as a lesson that you learn and prevents you from making similar mistakes, mental preparation is also important to help you stay positive, focus and appreciate your current level of fitness and give you confidence that you will attain your normal fitness levels with time.
After getting clearance from your doctor and identifying the cause of your injury the next thing is to get back to your fitness program, the program should be tailored to meet your current level of fitness and measure up to your safety requirements, generally you are supposed to start low with 50 percent intensity and gradually increase between 10 and 15 percent each week, however, remember to give your body time to adjust to the load, including warm-up and stretches to your to make sure it’s safe and effective. Those are some factors you need to consider after an injury before hitting the gym.