No matter how old you are, or what sort of athletic background you have, you’ve definitely been injured, whether in a very minor way with an achy or sore muscle, or in a more serious way through a broken bone, ligament damage, or maybe even a car accident. No matter the severity of the injury, on one level, they all require the same: rest, therapy, and recuperation. This is necessary to come back slowly and safely, so you are good as new and not affected by the injury for the rest of your life.
Personal trainers work with athletes of all levels, and they deal with a considerable amount of injuries and rehabilitation. For serious injuries, your first move should be to a doctor and physical therapist, but a personal trainer is invaluable when it comes to creating a plan to move forward from an injury, rebuild strength, and improve muscular imbalances.
Injuries Cause Imbalance
Typically, most injuries cause an imbalance of one sort or another. For example, when you sprain an ankle, you are either on crutches or in a boot or wrap and therefore your walk is affected. You begin to favor the other leg, and in doing so, slowly build strength imbalances between the two ankles and legs.
Left untreated, this can pose a huge problem over time for your body, as it creates imbalances that lead to larger musculoskeletal issues. If these aren’t addressed, your body can experience more serious chronic pain conditions. With a personal trainer, though, their focus is on bringing you back into balance; work is done to ensure you develop strength throughout your body so that not only are your daily tasks easier and you’re in better shape, but you’re also more able to take on future injuries with less of a physical burden.
Learn How The Body Works
One of the best benefits of using a personal trainer in general, and specifically with injury prevention and rehabilitation, is the learning aspect that goes on during sessions. A good personal trainer won’t just tell you what to do; they’ll explain how to do it, why you are doing it, and what it benefits in your body. This, in turn, gives you a crash course on the human body and how it works.
This knowledge benefits you down the road as you work to understand how your body functions, and what you can do to improve pain, avoid injuries, and get in better shape in a safe and secure way. You may not become a personal trainer yourself after a few sessions, but you will at least be equipped with the understanding of how to be healthy, and why it matters.
In all, personal trainers are critical when it comes to rehabilitation. While they are not physical therapists and have a different skill set from these specialists, personal trainers nevertheless are phenomenal when it comes to rehabilitation issues, strength building after injuries and getting you back to the person you were before you got injured.