If you train long enough, you will eventually suffer minor injuries. A minor injury is one that doesn't prevent you from continuing your training in a modified manner (even if that modification is simply dealing with pain). But the last thing you want is a minor injury turning into a major one. So keep a couple of things in mind:
1. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation - Don't ever skimp on icing an injury just because it is 'minor'. Neglecting the ice causes the injury to linger for longer periods of time, which in turn raises the chance of the injury becoming aggravated. Treat even minor injuries aggressively!
2. Easy on the Vitamin I - Ibuprofen might help you get deal with soreness and pain, but studies have shown that high doses of Ibuprofen actually inhibit muscle protein synthesis. In other words, too much Ibuprofen can be counter-productive for optimal recovery. Keep it under 400mg a day if possible.
3. Fish Oil! Here's the calculator I use, whether I am banged up or not: http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/
3. Make sure your minor injury isn't really a major one in disguise - If your minor injury is lingering and not improving, go get it checked out! Your body tends to heal minor injuries given time and rest, so if the injury isn't healing, then something isn't right. The corollary of this is make sure you know what is actually injured. Sometimes 'back pain' has little to do with your back and is actually a symptom of something else down the chain.
How do you deal with minor injuries? Sounds off in the comments.
A comeback story from a devastating injury... if you're ever feeling bad about a minor injury, think of Zach Krych!
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