WHAT SPORT CAN YOU PRACTICE AFTER INJURY?

After an injury and a period of convalescence, you may need to try doing something different before getting back to your favourite sport. I'm going to give you two or three tips to help manage this transition!    

           

When your body is telling you to stop after an intense bit of exercise or an accident, you need to slow down and potentially stop completely. It's not always easy because exercise is one of life's greatest pleasures! And before getting back into your favourite sport, you may need to try doing some other ones to help you get over your injury. Look at it as a great chance to try something new. I'm going to tell you a bit more about what to do after an injury, with some handy tips from osteopath Adrien Lelong.  

Listen to your body and your doctor's advice!          

Of course, not all types of injury are the same, and each will need a different recovery period. It's important to make sure you have this rest time and follow your doctor's advice before getting back out there. "Getting back into sport should be gradual," says Adrien Lelong. "One of the main things is to listen to your body and see how it reacts when you start exercising again. By using this information, you can continue with your rehab as it is or change your approach."    

Leave your body weight alone...      

Our osteopath recommends doing sports that aren't particularly weight-bearing, such as cycling and swimming, when you start exercising again. "The idea is really to reduce impacts as much as possible as they can put a lot of pressure through the joints, and to avoid sports that could cause injury." Things like cycling and swimming will minimise muscle loss while keeping you fit enough to get back into sports such as running and basketball more easily. "It means that you're not starting from zero. Swimming, for example, is really good at stimulating all of your muscles."    

Wake up your muscles              

To wake up muscles that have been unused for a few weeks, weight training can be a handy ally before you get back into things properly! "The great thing about weight training, gentle gym activities and Pilates is that you can target specific areas that you want to work," says Adrien. "It lets you focus on the muscle groups that you're going to need when you return to your normal training." It could even be a great chance for you to try something completely new.   In summary, when returning to sport after injury you should take things gently, listen to your body and follow the advice of healthcare professionals! And don't forget to drink plenty so that you don't suffer from cramp or tendinitis.    

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