Injury can be an opportunity

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Nick Jones was having a cracker of a debut in The 2014 Open.  Some great scores on the first couple of events, and event 3 was one he was really looking forward to.  Nick put every ounce of effort into it, and when the final buzzer sounded, he dropped the barbell with relief, only to have it clip his knee.  Just enough to roll him to one side and break a bone in his foot.

Such a freak accident, and contrary to what some people may speculate, one of very few injuries we've suffered.   It's important to emphasise at this point, that if you are training for health and fitness, INJURIES SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. But occasionally, if performance is your main goal (and sometimes even if it's not), you will push things a little too far and then you may tweak something or wake up more sore than you expected.

The reality of an injury can be hard to take.

It's too easy to give up and sulk when injury occurs. I've been there.

You must do your best to think of it as an opportunity.

Nick barely had a single strict HSPU before his accident, now he's banging out sets of 10.

Injury forced him to work on weaknesses.

Well, it didn't force him, he still had to accept the injury,  accept what it meant for his plans and goals, figure out a strategy for rehab, and find new goals to inspire him and keep his training fun and challenging.

If you can't do something do to injury/surgery/whatever, talk to the coaches about new goals to aim for and come out the other side, fitter and healthier than ever.

FITNESS

Deadlift 5 x 5, building

2 TGU
4 DB Snatch
6 OH Walking Lunge
6 rounds, alternating hands each round
NFT

Optional
50m Rack Walk
100m Farmers Walk
2 rounds, rest as needed.

PERFORMANCE

Dead 3 x 5, heavy

2 TGU
4 DB Snatch
6 OH Walking Lunge
6 rounds, alternating hands each round
NFT

Optional
50m Rack Walk
100m Farmers Walk
2 rounds, rest as needed.

 

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