Forced to take time off training? What do you do?

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    Mar 23, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    Recently I've been forced to take some time off training after a head injury during a rugby game. It has been two weeks now and I'm spending most of my time sitting or lying down. Yes my head is still sore and if I went back to the gym I risk aggravating the injury so I need to rest for a a while longer. This got me thinking about what everyone does when you can't do any exercise, play sports or go to the gym. I really feel my fitness is suffering from just doing nothing and its starting to get to me icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear of the head injury - nothing more frustrating than being out of the game. As this is texas I just take one of my many firearms and go out and kill things in the forest (joking!) I have a lot of interests so I always have something to do that I'll enjoy. However, even when I'm injured I still go to the gym - I just do easy "rehab" routines as I call them. Because my job is often sedentary, the activity is necessary for me to heal rapidly. A head injury can be pretty serious though so you might talk it over with your doc.
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    Being concussed sucks ass, and not in a good way.

    You can't even really do "maintenance" fitness stuff, depending on the severity of your symptoms. And I don't know how your headaches are when you're reading or concentrating. So things you can do could be:

    1) Do a wardrobe/possessions purge. Sort through your belongings and toss, sell or recycle the stuff you really don't need. Sort through the useless files on your computer that you've accumulated.

    2) Go for a walk with your digital camera and take random shots of stuff you find interesting

    3) Try cooking new foods or meals that you've wanted to try, but just haven't
  • comtnjock

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    Mar 24, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    Hey man, I feel your pain. I had major knee surgery because of rugby last June. I was to keep my leg immobile for at least two weeks. I followed my doc's advice of doing nothing and my P.T.'s advice of slow movement exercises. It's hard and I hated it! I ended up watching a lot of TV and movies (I don't watch TV). I found inviting friends over at nights and on the weekends helped elevate some time. I also found that easing into activities helps.

    Don't go all out. It sounds lame, but start by going outside and taking leisurely walks around the neighborhood. Go light on some cardio (stationary cycling at 40-50 rpm) at the gym. Go to your rugby practices and stand, watch, give some direction. Maybe toss the ball for a little with no sharp movement. It will be good training in patience.

    It took me 7 weeks to regain my range of motion and to do light activities and ~7 months to regain my leg strength (my muscle mass is almost back to normal - I lost 6" in circumference at my thigh/hamstring).
  • scionguy

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    Mar 24, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
    Having had to deal with the severe head pain of migraines and exercise making them worse, I can understand your frustration. I would suggest taking a yoga class. It will help you keep or increase your flexibility and your instructor should have all sorts of "modified" poses you can do to prevent aggravating your condition.

    Like other members have said, this is also a great time to do things that you have been too busy for and reconnecting with old friends. Hopefully this will all be over soon, but until then take care of yourself and be well.
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    Mar 24, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    Agree with MuchMoreicon_biggrin.gif

    But you sound like my roommate who's had a shoulder injury for god knows how long. And he'll take some time off but start feeling withdrawals like you're feeling and go against his doc's recommended time off. If it's better off for you in the future, just gotta do it. I'm curious though as to what activities/exercises your head injury forces you to miss.
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    Mar 24, 2010 7:07 AM GMT

    It can take a while to recover from a head injury. But don't worry about it. You should not do serious exercise until you have recovered but when you have you will get back to it quite quickly. In the meantime keep mobile. Just be patient.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 24, 2010 7:35 AM GMT
    Take care you will get back to it!! Muscle has memory. Try to pass the time doing things in place of the gym-things you always wanted to do that don't involve hard physical strain.

    What did the Doc say about sex???
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Mar 24, 2010 7:59 AM GMT
    Just listen to the Doctor, you don't want to hurt yourself further do?
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    Mar 24, 2010 8:10 AM GMT
    I wish I could get some sleep...icon_cry.gif

    Sorry to hear that.
    I was dying when I threw my back in the shower a while back. All I did was sleep. And sleep. And come here to see if anyone had any advise. And sleep. I was drugged up most of the time with some major pain killers because my back ached so much. I still get a slight burst every now and then.

    I was out of commission for a week.
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    Mar 25, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    Sometimes a forced rest will actually result in improvement - athletes are ambitious and push themselves, and there are times when a very thorough rest will let the body catch up - frustrating as it is!

    Sorry about your injury, and I hope you get better very soon!

  • TexasBoeuf

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    Mar 27, 2010 6:23 AM GMT
    Depends on the injury. Head/neck/spinal injuries you should be really careful about. I've broken my skull skateboarding in a few places and had to sit completely out. You really don't wanna mess up your brain.
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    Mar 27, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    . . . see it as an opportunity . . .

    I am also sidelined for a bit with a tennis-related knee injury, but I'm tackling piles of books and magazines they have been on the back burner for a while . . .

    granted it does suck not to be able to do physical things at the moment, but there are other ways to flex and stretch . . . just bide your time, find something that engages you for now, and then revel in the joy of physical activity when you get back to it . . .
  • geebus

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    Mar 29, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    Mate, that's really shitty. But I'm in a similar boat, I found out I had 3 herniated discs from Static Contraction Training and I recently sprained my MCL in my right knee.

    The hardest part is motivation. It really feels like shit when you're forced to see your gains waste away due to inability to activate the muscle. But personally I keep track of my diet, and remind myself constantly how far I've come. That and I'll still go the gym regardless of how intense the workout will result, just to remind myself of what I'm missing out on so the motivation carries over to when I'm healed.

    And yes, the nay-sayers will tell you what you can or cannot do, but a true athlete will listen to his body and push it appropriately. Good luck mate!
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    Mar 29, 2010 12:02 PM GMT
    I've been in a similar boat for the last month with a particularly difficult shoulder injury. I'm just about to ease my way back into working out this week. I'm nervous as hell. I know muscle has memory and that I will eventually be back to where I want to be in terms of fitness, but I am looking at the road back with equal amounts of hope and dread. I think the biggest toll has been taken on my psyche more than on my body.

    In the meantime, I have just been trying to eat right, walk as much as possible when I have to go somewhere, and remember that if working out has taught me anything, it's to respect my body and give it rest when it needs it.

    I hope you're doing better, both physically and emotionally.