Physical Exercise

“It’s easier to perform in life with good health…”

Physical exercise (from my perspective)

When an athlete is injured, it is very important for them to do physical exercise as soon as possible, after the injury (without involving the injured area).
Obviously, this depends on the level or intensity of the injury.

Why is it important to do exercise while you are injured?

Firstly: An athlete’s body is accustomed to regularly training, and if this suddenly stops, it can create not just muscle atrophy, but also a disconnection of coordination between the muscles (especially when doing complicated movements); and generally, decreases the strength and elasticity of ligaments and tendons.
Secondly: There is only one way to accelerate the recovery of injury in the soft tissue, especially muscles – bring more blood, with its nutrition, to the injured area. By increasing blood-flow increases the metabolism in the injured area.
Obviously, the injured area cannot be directly involved in exercise and should not be disturbed, but a program of exercise or training can be created whereby all parts of the body, other than the injured area, are training.
e.g. for an injured knee, a training session should be created to exercise hips, upper body, calf and foot muscles.

Use of physical exercise

Everyone understand the benefits of physical exercise and how important it is to maintain your health and well-being.

The questions are, how to create such a program and which way will work most effectively for you. The “best” exercise or training program, doesn’t exist. It all must be modified for the individual’s needs.

There are a few rules with exercise:

  • The lower your starting level, the less volume of exercise and intensity you should start with. (from simple to complicated)
  • It is better to do less but more regularly than more and rarely. (from less to more)
  • Technique is important to prevent injury. (strive for perfection)
  • Recovery after the training session is as important as the actual session.  (every medal has two sides)

All these simple rules can be explained in many words and on many pages – or someone needs to control your training – coach, trainer or specialist!!