One person who can most likely vouch for the importance of staying active after an injury is Dallas Cowboys’ safety player Barry Church. For a player dedicated to the sport, he endured his share of highs and lows in 2012. He went from beginning his professional career as a starter safety to ending the season early with a torn Achilles tendon. This year he is back with high expectations, ready to fulfill his defensive role.
Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a parent who got taken down in the front yard in a match with your kids, how you handle an injury sets the stage for your recovery. Coming back from an injury isn’t easy, but you don’t have to resign to being a couch potato while you gain your health back. Barry Church most likely didn’t entirely sit on the sidelines while his tendon healed. There are ways to stay fit and active while still giving the healing process priority.
Always begin by consulting your doctor or podiatrist as to the safest exercises for your injury and then start small. If you are involved in physical therapy, be diligent with those exercises, as they will only help to speed up the healing process and ensure long-term health of the affected area. Options for light exercises could involve lifting with small hand weights while watching TV to keep arms toned and strengthened. Keep your core fit by doing some sit-ups with your feet propped on a chair and gentle stretches for your legs, arms, back and neck will help relieve any stiffness that may set in from being inactive.
The most important things to remember are to always have the go ahead from a professional before implementing exercise and to build up your strength slowly. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury and would like some exercise ideas to set the stage for a great comeback, call Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works today. Make an appointment with our offices in Dallas or Plano, TXat (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.