Several years ago I tore my right triceps tendon performing a muscle-up.
I hadn’t properly warmed up and jumped into an advanced move too quickly. It was too much for my already inflamed tendons, and the damage was done. And while that injury is far behind me, I still suffer from some aggravating tendonitis when performing certain triceps dominant moves.
So I’m modifying my training, listening to my body, and getting help from my network of health care practitioners. And things are improving…
Training injuries sometimes seem inevitable. Is there any way to minimize them?
If you’re new to physical training, you’ll want to ease into your practice slowly. Overuse and repetitive motion can cause nagging issues, and dealing with injuries can prevent you from reaching your goals.
Make sure you do the following to stay safe:
- Ramp up your program in terms of frequency and intensity. Don’t do too much too soon.
- Ensure you use proper technique. Seek help from a professional if you’re unsure or are learning new exercises.
- If you are older or are prone to a medical condition, see your doctor or health care provider before beginning any exercise program.
- Avoid doing too much repetitive motion. Perform a variety of activities (cross-train) and be sure to include strength training in your mix.
Here are some quick thoughts I put together this week (watch time 3:59)
Above all, listen to your own body.