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What I’ve learn from a knee injury

Life has taught us valuable lessons and sometimes it takes the hardest lessons before we could finally learn from them. I have a broken knee and had undergone several surgeries and countless therapy sessions just for me to be able to walk again however with difficulty. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experience.

The hardest part of having an injury is the thought that you cannot play basketball again.

When  I was diagnosed with severe torn knee ligament, an injury in the tendons that that connects your kneecap to your shinbone, my doctor told me that it was so damage that I have to undergo surgery. I was told that after surgery, I can’t play hard the way I used to. I was told that recovery would take a week or months depending on my body’s ability to cope from the surgery. I was devastated that I can no longer play basketball, the only sports I know since I was a child. I grew up from a family with lots of boys and basketball is the common denominator in the family. Everyday we practice our shooting, we will die just to block someone’shot that’s how passionate we are in playing basketball. Because after every game, we go with bragging rights on how well we played. But now, I can’t be the person I used to be in court. That’s the hardest part of all these.

Don’t ignore body recurring body pains.

Before I was diagnosed with this injury, I always experience this excruciating pain in my knee. I have drank and applied all the medications in the pharmacy because I thought this was only a simple stress on my knee. I thought that by drinking medications and stretching will make it go away but I was wrong. I ignored all the signs till I heard a snapping sound while in the heat of our basketball game. The pain was so strong I thought I’ve broken a bone. I am a man who could tolerate a lot of pain but this time, I can’t bear it, I had to cry. Lesson learned: Don’t ignore recurring body pains, always consult your physician and have yourself checked. In the end, prevention is so much better than cure.

Take therapy seriously.

Therapies will cost you a lot of cash. Some of health care providers don’t cover it but if your’s cover it, well you just save yourself from thousand dollars of hospital bills. At first, I was reluctant to go on therapy because I know I can do it on my own. I’m a sporty guy after all, I have knowledge about these things; however professional therapist’s help will make your healing faster. The fact that they have more knowledge on recovery exercises, they also will give you professional advice on how you can speed up your body’s healing mechanism. When it finally dawned me that I had to take this seriously, my progress became faster. It waited almost one year after that incident to play basketball due to fear that it may happen again. But basketball is something I won’t be able to resist forever so I am back in court but this time, I’m playing cautiously putting my body first than winning.




How to get sports ready body


Develop a routine

Sports is just not an exercise but rather it’s a routine which involves everyday practice. Developing a routine enables your body to get used to the physical pressure it has to undergo everyday. It makes your body healthier and energy levels to reach its peak. If you are used to sitting all day, you find yourself lacking energy for other things you need to do. So the first step in getting a sports ready body, is to change your habits and routines.

Quit smoking

This step might be the most difficult for those smokers out there. Smoking is an acquired habit that is so difficult to change when you already practicing it for years. But smoking weakens your lungs which explains why a simple walking can make you out of breath. Quiting smoking is an integral part in developing your routine, this is one of the habits you have to eliminate if you want to become stronger and fit.

Don’t to stretch

Before every exercise, you should do stretching first. This is an overly used tip in exercising yet a very important one. To avoid sprains or other injuries due to heavy physical activities, one must stretch first prior starting any exercise program. It prepares your body specially your joints and muscle for the physical stress your body will go through. So again, don’t forget to stretch.

Track your performance

In any sports, it is important to check the progress you are making everyday. Record your progress by writing it down or you can use free applications to record it for you. Knowing that you are progressing can motivate you more and you’ll find it addictive. You’ll set higher standards for yourself and would like to beat your score everyday.

Work with a coach

If you are really serious to become great in sport of your choice or if you simply just want to be healthy and fit, working with a coach makes it  a lot easier. There maybe video tutorials in youtube which could also be effective and also won’t cause you a single dime; however, personal touch is still different. We know this because we have tried many methods just to get the level we are now. Working with a coach is more effective because you get real time feedback on what you’re doing wrong, what are the things you have to work on, and he or she can tell you right away that you need to go through some preparation before going into the program to avoid injuries and health issues.

Motivate yourself

Everything in this world is about mind game. You have to change your way of thinking to achieve change because doing the same thing over and over again without results is just a waste of time. Most of the time people start an exercise program and when things gets tough they give up and they start another one again. Don’t let yourself get stuck in this rat hole. Every time you feel like you’re giving up challenge your mind not to give in. Focus on the goal. Motivate yourself because if you won’t, who will?