Surely we all know someone who at some time has suffered any type of injury: sprains, strains, muscle injuries, back pain … And sure, too, that we have always seen or heard someone give that person advice on how to recover from an injury or ailment. However, heed to these recommendations can sometimes end up being harmful to the health of the injured person.
As always when we talk about routines and diets, what can be good for some people, others can aggravate the injury. For example, when I operated on my shoulder in April 2015, I was told that I could not return to the gym until November or December of that same year, and yet in mid-September I was already doing multi-joint exercises (with little weight, yes ). This is why the recovery periods will not be the same for everyone and not all the advice received will be beneficial.
Learn some of the most common myths about injuries.
7 Myths about injuries that can harm you
1.All you need is physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is a tremendously useful tool when we talk about recovering or treating an injury, but if we do not apply that tool correctly in our day to day life, surely the recovery will be extended or it will not be completely produced. Therefore, it is important to follow the advice of the physiotherapist so that their treatment works and is effective, since nobody wants to be with pains or functional limitations permanently, right?
2.You should stretch before the exercise
Well, this is a half truth. As you know, there are studies that talk about the ineffectiveness of static stretches before sports practice (understanding that forcing the stretching of a cold muscle can cause injuries and decrease performance). However, it is also necessary in some of these studies that what can be done is first a round of dynamic warm-ups and, later, static stretching in a smooth manner.
A 2013 study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that static stretching before a workout led to reduced lower-body strength. Because of this, we must be clear that when we talk about warming up it’s not just to get there and start stretching like crazy.
We must follow some guidelines and more if we have suffered an injury.
3.If your back hurts, you should rest
Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest myths that we will all have heard on occasion. Not always that we have back pain will be due to causes related to physical activity. Moreover, sometimes, back pain (especially of the lower back) can be associated with physical inactivity (shortening of hamstrings by spending many hours sitting at the computer, abdominal weakness, poor postures in our day to day …) . And for this reason, sometimes the pain in our back will be treated much better with physical exercise than with inactivity.
4.Knee pads protect your knees
People who have had problems in their knees think that by using a knee brace them will be safe from suffering new mishaps, continuing to make normal life as before the injury. And this is a very serious error.
Having suffered a knee injury leaves us with some chances of suffering it again in the future, since it is an area that has been altered for some reason (in this case, an injury).
In this way, a brace will not make us immune to a new injury (even though we have never had knee injuries, knee braces do not immunize us), so in this case it is best to save money from the knee and perform a correct work of rehabilitation and / or prevention (there are exercises that help us to gain stability in the joints and strengthen the muscles).
5.Take a day of total rest to recover
Again, a half truth. Sometimes, after a training performed correctly (we understand by “correct form” perform it at the necessary intensity so that it is not a “walk through the gym” but not a “crossing through hell”) can appear what is known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness or delayed onset muscle pain), and the worst thing we can do to ” recover ” from this phenomenon is to have a total day of inactivity (i.e., sofa-bed and sofa-bed). It is something similar to what happens with the famous shoelaces.
If we want to overcome the DOMS (or the aches in other cases), the best we can do is what we call ” active rest “, that is, a physical activity performed at a light level, that does not involve an effort but at the same time it will allow us to continue with the exercise. Examples of this could be a brisk walk, pilates or yoga classes, a myofascial release session with a foam roller…
6.The use of appropriate footwear prevents injuries
This is a “half myth”. While it is true that choosing the right footwear can help us to prevent certain types of ailments (especially if we accompany them with a study of the march in which we analyze our way of stepping to choose correctly the footwear that we will use), it is also true that in other circumstances it will not help us, especially when the vast majority of people who perform physical activities (especially runners) do not perform previous checks that can detect alterations in the footprint.
In addition, and as we already know, feeling pain implies a warning signal to an injury , so we must pay the attention it deserves and not continue with sports until we know what kind of injury it is and if we can do physical activity during Recovery.
7.If you do not feel pain, you’re fine
This could not be a major myth. Not feeling pain does not mean that we are all right. Recovering from an injury does not mean that it stops hurting us, because in cases like a torn ligament in the knee, the rupture of tendons that I suffered in my shoulder or a breakage of fibers in the thigh, the absence of pain does not mean total recovery, since for all of them there will still be a way to travel until full recovery.
You have to be very careful with the issue of injuries if we do not want to have a relapse that can leave us, even sequels for life.
If already in itself when we talk about the myths of training and, especially nutrition, we always say that we must be very careful with the information we handle, in this case we must emphasize it in bold, since we are talking about A bad choice during our rehabilitation of an injury, can leave sequels for a lifetime and, as the title of the article says, ruin our lives.
But unfortunately, sometimes looking for good information is very complicated for two reasons: the first, the number of false “professionals” on the Internet who have divulged their hoaxes and myths without caring about anything other than getting a handful of likes and followers in their social networks and, on the other hand, that sometimes the information of better quality and with more solid base is in English and, either due to laziness or lack of time, people do not even try to translate it.