That’s right, I’m talking to you. The weather’s warmer, the pasty legs are starting to peek out, and we’re all feeling frisky.
As you go through the process of moving into your spring and summer workouts, keep a close eye on your injuries. And think about injury in a broader way than rolling your ankle or dislocating your shoulder.
Pay attention to the small things, the things you normally work through and then forget about once you’re home. Take two minutes (time yourself) after your done with your workouts to recall and write down any little inconsistency you felt. Was your knee feeling tight, was the outside of your foot feeling achy, did you feel a stabbing pain in your shoulder on a couple of your more labored breaths?
Tracking these small things and taking care of them before they become big things can help you avoid a big injury. Or, once you’re injured, they can give your bodyworker or other care provider valuable information about how to help you recover the fastest.
Now, go drink a liter of water!
- Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.