How To Train Around An Injury

Hey Coach Megz, I hope all is good with you bro.

Just thought Id update you on my situation. I saw the specialist who took a few xrays and said i got weightlifters shoulder. The piss taking thing is despite mentioning surgery as a solution the doc is telling me i should take it easy and that if I do Il recover because im young despite the fact Ive had this for 5 years and done plenty resting! Im scheduled for anotha appointment in 3 months but thats too long Ive had enough! What do you advise?

Regards

Faisal

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Hey bro,
First off, let me say that I’m in no position to advise you if you are injured man. If that’s the case you should go with your doctor and just listen to your body. If something hurts, you don’t do it.

What I can do is share my experience when I’ve been injured in the past. Personally, I’ve always found a way to train when I was injured, regardless of the injury. When I tore my pec about a year ago I was still training my legs. I used the safety squat bar to do squats and lunges with, sleds with a harness around my waste and glute ham raises just to name a few exercises. Even though I wasn’t getting stronger, I felt GREAT because I was in the gym.

However, a few weeks after this initial phase, I met with my doctor and me pretty much told me to shut it down – and so I did. I did this, not so much because I wanted to listen to him, but I was getting frustrated. I couldn’t lift heavy, I was very limited with that I could do, I feel like I wasn’t training hard enough. Shutting it down was the easy thing to do. This turned out to be a HUGE mistake. I lost 15 lbs – mainly because I wasn’t eating as much. My appetite went down drastically and it was hard to keep eating the same amount of food compared to when I was training. Looking back, I wish I would have never stopped training.

The big lesson I learned is always listen to your body and don’t get frustrated. For me, I was getting really pissed off because I was so limited but when I stopped training altogether for a few weeks – I felt and looked like shit. Ultimately you gotta do what YOU feel is right. My guess is most doctors don’t train the way we train and thus don’t understand where we are coming from. A lot of times, they will tell you to shut it down because it’s the easy thing for them to say and plus legally they have to.

This is why, YOU are your own best judge. I am not telling you what to do, instead I’m just telling you my past experience with training around injuries. It certainly is possible to train around weightlifters shoulder, you just have to be smart about how you do it and make sure you aren’t doing anything to aggravate the injury.

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  • Roger

    you’ve probably got a partial rupture (95% of shoulder injuries are this) of yr infraspinatus tendon. . part of the rotator cuff. YouTube has amazing videos. . search “rotator cuff tears” it’s all laid out there. AVOID ALL PRESSING MOVEMENTS for 3 months..

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