What is injury rehabilitation?
Sports injuries can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It is not just the physical pain but also the emotional distress that comes with it. A sports injury can be debilitating, preventing you from doing what you love.
It is important not only to recover quickly but also to ensure that the injury does not affect future performance or ability. There are many benefits associated with injury rehabilitation. The first is that it can help reduce your injury time and speed up your recovery by getting you back to normal quickly. This helps prevent further injuries from occurring in the same shoulder, knee, ankle, hip, or foot.
Injury rehabilitation allows the body to adapt and recover from the change in movement. Preventing future injuries by analyzing movement patterns and posture to ensure the body is moving correctly, without pain or mishaps. Improving your balance, coordination, strength and stability around the injured area as part of a holistic rehabilitation program for complete recovery.
How Can A Personal Trainer Can Help with Injury Rehabilitation
If you’ve recently sustained an injury or had surgery, you should always see a sport therapist to diagnose your injury.
However, did you know that you can concurrently work with a personal trainer to fast track your progress and injury rehabilitation?
What is the difference between working with a personal trainer vs a sport therapist?
Be it an ACL tear, lower back spasms or elbow tendinitis, both sport therapists and personal trainers will assess and track your range of motion, mobility, strength levels.
However, the treatments prescribed by the two different professions are very different.
A sport therapist facilitates a person’s function post injury, allowing them to return to doing things they enjoy.
Personal trainers will design a training program to improve your movement patterns and guide you in perfecting them. Progressions would be made while establishing a foundation that allows you to gain both strength and confidence. A personal trainer can also work on other contributing factors for your injury that you may need to address such as lifestyle, nutrition, hydration and sleep.
How do I find the right personal trainer?
A great personal trainer to help you bounce back from your injuries should have ample knowledge on anatomy and physiology. Equipped with this expertise, they can craft out a long term plan and program to guide you to full recovery or even take it to the next level.
The personal trainer supporting you in this journey has to understand your training history/ experience and what led you to your injury. Gathering feedback and notes from your sport therapist prior to seeing you would be a good place to start.
What are the benefits of working with a personal trainer?
A personal trainer will guide you back to where you want to be with a personalized program and plan with well thought out exercises to address movement patterns. Building motor control, awareness and proprioception is key before getting back on to the playing field or lifting heavy again.
For example, understanding breath work and bracing again before picking up that bar for a deadlift should be a priority.
Personal trainers can be your cheerleaders. Resuming any physical training after overcoming an injury may be daunting, but an empathetic coach would meet you where you’re at with both your physical and mental health.
Working with a personal trainer post injury would require patience on the client’s end, as personal trainers would take a rather conservative outlook to prevent any sort of regression.
While a personal trainer may and should not diagnose your injuries, they can guide you post surgery and rehabilitation. A good personal trainer can help you get back on track with an individualized program catered to your goals and needs.
The long and arduous journey to get back to your pre-injury state would include a ton of patience, frustration and gratification, but it will all be worth it.