Many of us have been plagued by injury during the course of our training cycles- be it due to intrinsic or extrinsic forces, it becomes not only a major set back, but a personal test of mental strength. Over this past year, I have experimented with so many different methods, and read literature until I am blue in the face. Here is some advice from the man Tim Noakes himself, taken from his book ‘Lore of Running’ (in no apparent order or sequence) that has proven itself time and time again .
1.) Running/sports injuries are not an act of God
2.) Each injury indicates a break down point in things such as training shoes or methods
3.) sophisticated methods such as expensive X-rays are seldom needed to diagnosis a sports injury
4.) Treat the cause and not the effect
5.) Complete rest is seldom the most appropriate treatment
6.) NEVER accept the advice of a non runner or athlete in general
7.) Avoid surgery (something western doctors love to advise you to do)
Control the controllable, and for everything else, trust in the process and make meaning of your situation. Everything is as it should be, and trust me when I tell you- the universe is shaping you into a stronger version of yourself.
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