Training errors most commonly seen are those that result in excessive loads on the body. These include volume/distance and intensity. Many recreational sports performers often do not realize that the elite sports performers they sometimes try and emulate have devoted many years to consistent training and have gradually increased their workload in order to better their performance. It is an old, but true adage in sport that “it takes ten years to get good at anything“. Here are a few things you can do to avoid training injuries and get fit faster!
- Keep a training diary. This need only include brief details of the session (what you did, e.g. mileage/volume, speed/intensity, sets/reps, etc.) and the date and time you did the session. Should you succumb to an overuse injury, looking back through the diary can usually help you pinpoint what changed, and therefore what may have contributed to the injury itself.
- Take care when changing equipment or exercise surfaces as a sudden change is much more likely to result in injury. Even minor changes, like the tension of new strings on a tennis racquet, can make a difference. It’s also important to check your equipment regularly for wear and replace them promptly when needed.
- Make the last 5 minutes as technically correct as the first! Remember that skill breaks down with fatigue and the end of a workout is when many injuries happen. It’s better to finish sooner and finish well. LESS IS MORE!!!
Massage Therapy can be very helpful in assessing training errors and muscle imbalances before they can cause injury. If you’d like to know more, just ask.