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Training injured…Is it possible? Necessary?

Kevin Hudson

As an individual on a quest for health, fitness, and quality of life, sometimes it happens. Our bodies respond in a painful way to a request made upon them. For instance, you wake up one morning and you’re injured. Maybe you tweaked an ankle yesterday in the gym or maybe you hurt your back just getting out of the car. Regardless of how it happened, it’s inevitable that sometimes as athletes, we hurt ourselves.

I know for me, being injured flat sucks!

It inhibits not only my workouts, but everyday activity as well. To prevent injury we must listen to our bodies, stay within reason, rest enough, stretch regularly, and eat healthy. As an athlete you’ve probably been told all of those previous reasons. But what do you do when you’ve turned that ankle a little or sprained that joint, if it doesn’t warrant going to the physician then you have to treat it with care and follow some simple steps.

I learned a long time ago that if it doesn’t kill me, I must put ICE on it! That’s true! Ice is amazing with its’ therapeutic quality.

Did you know, eighty percent of all injuries require ice, and twenty percent are deadly?

Do you understand how important ice is to a strain, sprain, tear, or pull? Hopefully my point is made.

If you find yourself with that nagging injury then ICE is the first step. In the sports medicine world, the acronym is R.I.C.E.


If it hurts, don’t do it. If it still hurts, put ICE on it, wrap it, and keep it elevated.

Now if you’ve done this and given it time for healing and you still want to train having this injury, what do you do? I’ve trained and fought injured and sick. So I’m familiar with this dilemma. Many times an injury may prevent you from doing one type of training but not another. So thinking out of the box is important when injured.

Just because I can’t do a push up doesn’t mean I can’t do a sit up. Just because I can’t punch the bag doesn’t mean I can’t kick it. Etc Etc. Etc.

Being injured isn’t an invitation to a pity party. It just is an opportunity for you to show how creative, motivated, and ingenious you can be. So don’t be down, just follow the steps and you’ll be back up to 100% before you know it.