Recovery is a concept that can be approached in many ways. It is not just about feeling better and returning to previous activity levels. Recovery is actually a time for the body to grow, adapt, and respond to training. If we actually embrace recovery as a concept, and not just an ugly phase of rehab, we can get much more out of every session.
Every day we are moving in ways that are unique and specific to how we were raised, our lifestyle, and our injuries. As a result, we are creating imbalances on a daily basis.
What everyone should know about injuries:
The most common injuries are pains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, fractures, and dislocations.
Acute injuries occur suddenly while engaging in activity and include symptoms such as severe pain, swelling, extreme weakness, or a bone or joint that is visibly out of place.
Chronic injuries happen after you play a sport or exercise for a long time and include symptoms such as pain when engaging in activity, swelling, and a dull ache when at rest.
Our body is always asking us to move in different ways to help it maintain balance.
The key is to listen to it; if we push too hard and ignore the signals that the body gives us, then our imbalances will worsen, which will cause pain, decreased performance, and frustration.
Make the best of your recovery time by ensuring that you listen carefully to your body at all times.
-CCR, Body Awareness Performance + Therapy