Thursday 190425

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Conditioning

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Complete 5 rounds for time of:

Row/Ride 35 Cal

2 Rope Climbs

100m, One Arm Farmer Carry (50m Right, 50m Left)

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Noah getting some!

Working Around Injury.

It happens. Knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow. We train hard in the gym, we play hard outside, many of us have physically challenging careers. We sometimes get beat up. Whether a small thing that just takes a little rest or a bigger issue that requires PT or surgical intervention. Regardless of the degree of injury, we have a choice. To completely stop our training and sit around waiting for it to heal, or to modify. Your coaches vote for #2. It makes no sense at all to completely back off everything you’ve worked so hard for because you can’t do it as it’s written on the board. 

In 2003 Coach Glassman wrote a CrossFit Journal article talking about this very thing. From crossfit.com:

In this 2003 article, Greg Glassman reviews the CrossFit approach to training with injury via the hypothetical case of an athlete medically restricted from all weight-bearing movements for eight weeks following knee surgery. He notes, “In traditional rehabilitation the goal is to bring the afflicted body part, and eventually the athlete, back to pre-injury capacity. This, though frequently a formidable challenge, is not by itself adequate to the aims of CrossFit rehab. For CrossFitters, rehabilitation is complete and successful when the athlete has acquired total physical capacity not just equal to but beyond the pre-injury state. …The essence of our approach to working wounded is to divert the focus and purpose of the athlete’s workout away from the injured limb. We want the athlete to work with intensity, variance, and functionality but just, in our hypothetical case, not with the right leg.”

In other words, you keep training, and progressing, and getting fitter, but without using the injured leg. Once it’s ready, you slowly bring it back into the mix as appropriate. Read the 2003 CrossFit Journal article here. We hope it never happens to you, but if it does don’t worry….your CrossFit Evolve coaches are ready to help you through it!

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