Injury Prevention, Act Like You’re Already Hurting

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Injury prevention is an often overlooked aspect of training.

Many take their “injury free” state for granted and do not see the need to adequately warmup, buildup in weight prior to lifting heavy, foam roll before/after workouts, theracane before/after workouts, lightly stretch before/after workouts, get adequate sleep for recovery, take care of their diet for recovery, etc…Not until an ache, a pain, or an injury occurs. THIS IS TOO LATE!

I’ve been weightlifting since I was about 16 or so and I’m now 30. I’ve never had a single significant injury. As I’ve gained experience and gotten a bit older I have added more and more to my warmup and recovery routines. I’ve accepted that some days my body needs a break instead of pushing for instant gratification. I’ve accepted the bigger picture of diet & exercise.

A few weeks ago I discussed a previous shoulder injury A Fix For Common Shoulder Pain | Corrective Exercise. Today I have no discomfort in my shoulder, no irritation at all. With that being said, I ice that shoulder every day after a workout. I also spend a good 10 minutes warming up both shoulders prior to working out. INJURY PREVENTION.

I do not thoroughly enjoy warming up, I like to lift heavy and I like variety. Warming up is light weight, boring and redundant. But if I’m injured I probably won’t be able to lift heavy or perform a wide variety of exercises for an extended period of time.

Taking steps to prevent injury with adequate warmups will not make you lose weight tomorrow, it will not make your bench stronger tomorrow, it will not give you a pump, it will not wind you but it may be the most important piece of your training. Don’t take the easy things for granted. Every aspect of training does not need to be exhausting. Consistency is key with diet, exercise, and injury prevention. If you don’t have time to warmup adequately…find and make the time, it’s too important not to.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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