Enjoy exercising with family & friends by pedaling in the new Swan Paddle Boats in Lakes Park (January 2023)! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
If you’ve experienced a bad injury, you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to work out.
This is especially true when training for an event. There is also a lot of conflicting information about what to do and when.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
In the first few days after an acute injury, the body will go through the the first stage of healing, the inflammatory stage.
If you’ve had a sprain or strain in the past, you might remember the first 3 or 4 days are usually the worst in terms of pain, stiffness and swelling.
To protect the injured tissue from further damage and avoid any subsequent bleeding, the advice is to avoid ‘HARM’ for 72 hours.
The acronym HARM stands for:
Heat: Avoid any heat packs, prolonged hot showers or hot baths.
Alcohol: The less the...