As Sergeant Jones in Dad’s Army would famously say “don’t panic, don’t panic!!”. Now is not the time to panic – make sure you give yourself every chance of making it to the start line in good shape for a personal best!
At last, for many of you, the months of dragging yourself to the gym, out on the bike or for a run in the cold and dark are almost over. The sun is finally making an appearance, and that event you’ve been working so hard towards, is suddenly on the horizon!
It is often just at this time, when the start line is in sight and expectations are mounting, that little niggles, injuries and illnesses can ambush you and potentially put the “kibosh” on the event.
I was reminded of this by two clients this week who were both distraught that they might not be able participate the race they had been training for over the winter. The first had just returned from a week at a Mallorcan training camp with lower back and shoulder pain, compounded by a very heavy cold and chest infection. Her event was still 6 weeks away and yet she had all but convinced herself that the only option was to pull out!
The second client had developed a sore knee over the previous 3 weeks, whilst prepping for the London Marathon. Instead of seeking any advice when the knee issue initially arose, he continued to “up the miles” hoping the discomfort would just go away… Quelle surprise – it did not!
The good news is that once the underlying cause of their injuries had been established and a tailored rehab and treatment programme put into place, they were both swiftly back on track. Most importantly they both have their race mojo back and are now really looking forward to competing!
Having done a lot of events over the years, I know how devastating it is when suddenly the dream can be whisked away by injury or illness. Importantly, I also learned to not jump the gun and think the worst; that the dream was over before it has really started.
SO HERE ARE A FEW STRATEGIES TO DEALING WITH INJURIES AND NIGGLES:
THINK LIKE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE – WHAT WOULD THEY DO? – they have the same expectations and are training just like you are. Would they keep training on an injury or seek advice and treatment?
LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY – have a regular TUNE UP to keep all the potential injuries at bay and get the right rehab!
DON’T SIT ON YOUR LAURELS – you should always be asking yourself how you can improve, how you can refine your training, correct your technique and biomechanics. Training for a marathon for instance is much more than just relentlessly pounding the pavements!
MANAGE EXPECTATION – injuries and niggles are all part of the training cycle of athletes. Don’t sit on them and hope they just get better. GET HELP!
FOCUS, BE BOLD, RE-EVALUATE – it is only a hurdle like anything else in life!
DON’T BE SCARED TO ASK FOR HELP – Nothing of consequence was ever achieved alone!! You would be surprised by how the number of athletes I see regularly facing the same injury dilemma that you are facing.
BE RELENTLESS, STAY POSITIVE AND AVOID ALL THE NAYSAYERS!
SOLVE THE PROBLEM DON’T RETREAT FROM IT!
MOST IMPORTANTLY – DON’T LEAVE AN INJURY UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
If you are struggling with an injury contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07753 381017