How You Can Exercise While Injured

By St Helena Sports Medicine
August 15, 2018

Sports Injuries Napa CAImagine going to the gym on crutches and hobbling up to a machine. You’re going to get some looks, but if you know what you’re doing then it’s okay. But you must be careful and do your research before you get antsy and drive to your favorite gym or facility, ready to push yourself. If you’re prepared mentally to do the work you’re able to, and to avoid doing the work you might be tempted to, that’s a good place to be. Then you can give yourself a better chance of letting your injury rest while still getting to expend some of that pent up energy. Keep reading for some general guidelines about working out while injured.

Knee and Leg Injuries

Get ready for a lot of upper body work. Spending more time on your arms will help you feel like you’re still working hard, and will also encourage the endorphins you get from hitting the gym. Though a lot of exercises and forms of cardio will likely be off the table for a while, you do still have some options. Swimming is a good way to get moving, while keeping your leg or knee in relative safety. Buy or borrow a leg buoy that helps your legs float while you cut through the water with your arms. The buoy is also a bonus, since holding it still will help remind you not to kick your legs.

Shoulder Injuries

Thankfully, there are still a lot of cardio options that you can do with a shoulder injury. Now is the time to get into walking, running, or even swimming (if you’re willing to use a kickboard, that is). If you’re still itching to pump some iron or build some muscle, look into leg press and wall sits to feel the burn.

First and foremost, take care of yourself and listen to your body. The last thing you want to do is further injure yourself or create a new injury through a new movement or exercise. If you have any questions about exercising with your injury, call us at (707) 258-2547 to schedule a consultation.

Injury Prevention, Sports Injuries


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