Recovery after "Light" Injuries

Question:

Artem Rodionov

Artem Rodionov

Instagram: @temarodionov

Good afternoon.

I run a little over half-year. Taking my fitness level and frequency of trainings into consideration I can say that I'm a novice, not even amateur runner.

Unfortunately, even during this short period I had injuries. A month ago I pulled ligaments of ankle joint in the result of failed landing (my leg slipped), it hurt for a long time. Now a new misfortune: a discomfort in the area of hip joint is felt for a couple of days.

These injuries are not so serious to consult a doctor, so I use ointment and do breaks in training. Now I more or less understand something about prevention but when injuries happens...Are there any working exercises or other rehabilitation methods that should be used but not after severe injuries?

Thank you!

Answer:

Кульков Олег Сергеевич

Kulkov Oleg

Master of Sports of International class in track and field athletics, winner of the Zurich marathon, participant of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, multiple European Cup and Russian championships medalist, coach of the school “I Love Running”

Good afternoon.

It's very good question. Not only amateurs but many professionals would like to know the answer to it.

I see the situation as follows. The first you need is to exclude the reason of a problem, namely physical activity. It is physical activity that caused an inflammation.

Then, you should try to eliminate the consequences, namely to speed recovery process and relieve inflammation. Besides simple ointments and cream for external use, physiotherapy treatment can be used but people have different opinions about physiotherapy from full acceptance to total denial. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also good but only if they are prescribed to you by a doctor.

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