Training Through Injury
Our number 1 goal of our training program at The Athlete Factory is to reduce the risk of injury with our athletes. While we have been very successful in pursuing this goal over the years the fact remains that injuries happen in sport and competition. Understanding that training should not stop due to injury is a crucial point for long term training goals and success.
Why training with injury is SMARTER than sitting at home:
Continue to Strengthen Injured Limb - There is science to back that training only one side of the body transfers to increased strength in the opposite side of the body. With some studies show an increase of 7-11% in strength on the untrained limb. Put simply, if you have a broken arm and we train just the non broken arm, strength will increase in the BROKEN one!
Continue to Strengthen Non Injured Body Parts - We often joke with our athletes that “unless you are in a full body cast we expect you at training.” While this may sound extreme our coaches at The Athlete Factory can build a program around any injury to continue to strengthen the other parts of the body. There is no reason for the rest of your body should not be trained due to a localized injury.
Stay in Shape - The goal of any athlete is to be back on the field or court as soon as possible. Our goal is that they are able to step back into competition and not miss a beat. If we do a great job of training while injured, athletes will not have to get back into “ game shape” when they return to competition.
Partner with physical therapy - If an athlete requires physical therapy to return from injury our coaches will work closely with their therapist to design a training program. Oftentimes this relationship speeds up recovery for the athlete due to the extra days of “rehab/training” they are performing to get healthy.
Stay in the game - We all know the hardest part of training is getting started. From the mental barriers to the soreness, starting a new training program can be tough. But, if you never stop then you never have to start again. Decreasing the chances of soreness and fatigue setting in when you return to competition from training.