Top 10 injury myths

Here are my Top Ten injury myths. They are all things that I have either heard people say or that I have thought myself.

  1. You can’t avoid injuries. You can’t avoid all injuries but following principles such as correct technique and using the right equipment substantially reduces the risk.
  2. The more exercise the better. To exercise safely you need to follow the principles of avoiding doing too much, too hard, too soon. There is also an optimum amount of exercise which if  exceeded puts you at risk of injury.
  3. Acute injuries (e.g. a broken bone) are the most common kind of injury. Overuse injuries are more common than acute injuries.
  4. When you are injured you just to need to keep the injured part moving. If you do this then you are at risk of your acute injury becoming a chronic injury.
  5. Only a small number of weak people get injured. Given the right circumstances anybody can develop an injury.
  6. Injuries are just because of getting older.  Overuse injuries are actually quite common amongst children as well and even though increased age is a risk factor for overuse injury there are many other factors as well.
  7. You just need to do a bit of physio and then you will be fine. Physiotherapy and other rehab exercises may be useful, you also need to fundamentally address your technique and other risk factors. Rest is also a very important part of your treatment. Each injury is unique so approaches need to be tailored to the individual
  8. Injuries just heal themselves over time. Sometimes they do, but often they don’t.
  9. Concussion is not a big deal, boxers get concussed all the time. Though most people recover well from concussion, some people have lifelong ongoing deficits following a concussion.
  10. You can only get a repetitive strain injury in your hands. Any part of the body and any bodily tissue can experience a repetitive strain injury a.k.a. an overuse injury.

plus five bonus myths!

11. the injury developed when you first felt some pain. The injury could have been developing for years previously.

12. Only operations and medicines carry risks.All treatments and approaches including physiotherapy, yoga and dance carry a risk of injury.

13. Physiotherapy is always necessary to recover. Depending on the injury, an adequate period of rest and a change in technique may be sufficient.

14. Repetitive strain injury of the hands is ‘all in the mind’ On this website I show how overuse injuries can be explained ultimately in terms of Newtonian physics

15 No pain no gain. No! Work it but don’t hurt it.