in training after injury,
sickness or surgery
We all think we know how to be healthy under normal circumstances. But what about returning to training after injury or an operation? How soon can you do tai chi forms? What about martial art moves or full speed swordfighting? Should you train while sick?
If you are like that, it is fairly probable you'll be injured by over-training, then have to take time off to recover. Even if you are not over-training, you may have had an accident or illness that leads to the need for recovery time.
If you have the instructions of a physiotherapist to follow, that's a good place to start. If you haven't, go by the indications of your own body. If you are in pain - don't train. Heal first. If you are weak, do a little, not a lot.
Of course, if you've been given a diagnosis that condemns you to bad health for the rest of your life, it doesn't really matter. Miracles happen. Also, doctors sometimes underestimate the sheer determination of the human spirit. I met Andrew in America. He was a martial artist. He was young. He had a serious accident and they told him he would be in a wheelchair for life. When I met him, a couple of years after the accident, he'd smashed the wheelchair and was using a stick to walk. He was still doing any parts of his martial arts forms he could manage.
Then Andrew decided to start walking without the stick. He was in pain. It was difficult, but he had refused to accept he'd never walk.
This is how to be healthy in recovery. Don't push your body too soon. Find alternate means of training until you are strong and pain free.
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