What’s the take-home message from Doc’s story?
Injury can occur whenever we ask a tissue or an area of the body to do a job it wasn’t meant to do, or absorb a load that it wasn’t designed to absorb.
One thing I’ve learned over many years, often the hard way, is that each of us has a unique and personal “margin of error” when it comes to these kinds of things.
Some of us can be less diligent with the strength/stability and mobility/flexibility work and get away with that less-than-fully committed approach. Others aren’t in that same situation and have to be much more diligent or the injury bug bites.
As we get older, or as the miles pile up, we all seem to lose some percentage of that margin of error. For each of us, it is unique and personal.
The secret, I have found, is continually asking questions to learn more about our OWN story. Where does each of us stand with regard to this moving target?
Understanding also, that because things are a certain way today, that they won’t always be that way, is key.
Movement quality, good health, and resilience are all moving targets.
The better we become at knowing where we each our in our quest to nail that target, the healthier and happier we’ll be.
Similarly, once we know these things, what can we do to ensure we stay true to our own unique needs?
Is it coaching, video, more frequent skype sessions, 1 on 1 personal training, or something along any of these lines? Objectivity and accountability are also key!
Ask these questions of yourself often:
- What are your mechanics at this point as it relates to any issue you may be having?
- What is your margin of error and where do you stand with the things related to this, e.g. movement quality?
- What system do you NEED to employ to ensure you remain accountable for these things?