Injuries and body recomposition

Most people who have passed through their twenties are carrying some kind of injury.

Whether it’s a sore ankle, bad back or dodgy knee, there is usually something that will impact training for the rest of their life.

There are two kinds of injuries - acute and chronic.

Acute injuries last a small period of time and recover relatively quickly, such as a sprained ankle.

They need to be rested and allowed time to recover.

Chronic injuries hang around for a longer period of time.

They need to be managed.

This week I want to focus on chronic injuries and how to optimise training and body composition outcomes through chronic injury management.

It’s important to be proactive in managing these injuries, as simply avoiding them or hoping for a non-intervention recovery is likely to lead to being in a worse position in one, three and five years time.

I’m an advocate for professional injury diagnosis and management from Physiotherapists and Sports Physicians.

I’m not qualified to diagnose and prescribe injury management plans, and DIY interventions rarely help.

I know that Google can tell you most of what the professional might tell you, particularly for common injuries, but information isn't the sole source of value an expert can provide.

If you find a good practitioner who understands your body, injury and treatment history (which often includes being honest when you haven’t followed through), they can be the key to managing a chronic injury while maintaining a good training regime.

This allows you to keep your fitness and energy expenditure, which make a huge impact on body composition.

Tom Fitzgerald