After playing tennis nearly daily from May through July, I finally paid the price with a sidelining injury. Since becoming addicted to tennis, I’ve suffered from various aches and pains to varying degrees. Here is my normal course of action when I get an injury:
- Obsessively search the internet to self-diagnose
- Perform a myriad of self-tests while watching youtube videos. Who needs that expensive physio?
- Finally cave and make a physio appointment
- Attend the physio appointment and spend the majority of the appointment describing what happened and the 1 million things I think it could be based on steps 2 and 3
- Physio performs a few quick tests and gives me a diagnosis, which is typically less-severe than the career ending rare form of nerve damage I had self diagnosed.
- Leave the physio’s office super motivated to do the strengthening and stretching exercises I’ve been assigned. I will do them every day, multiple times, for the rest of my life
- Do the exercises exactly one time
- Sulk some more
- Gain 5 lbs and lose majority of fitness. Watch entire series of Breaking Bad or similar.
- Obsessively search the internet for treatment options for diagnosed injury. Find so much conflicting information that I begin to doubt the diagnosis. At this point I might cycle back to Step 3 and continue from there
- Somewhere in all of this the Injury goes away (probably not from that one time I did those exercises, but rather just from the passage of time)
- Resume playing tennis. I “ease into it” as instructed by the physio. By this I mean I only play once the first day I play. And then the second day I play a 5 match tournament. I feel great, so I must have done this right.
- Vow I will make changes to prevent re-injury. Vow to make total program changes to prevent every single possible injury from ever happening to me.
- Make exactly zero changes to anything
- All is right with the world, until I get injured again
- Back to Step 1
So looking over this list, I’m seeing that I could probably benefit from a few tweaks to how I handle injury time. Stay tuned for posts on specific injury treatment and prevention.
Update: See these posts for injury healing and prevention discussion