Why Your Injury Is Almost Definitely Your Own Fault
I’ve learned a lot of things over my 25 years on this planet. A small circle of friends is better than a bunch of drinking buddies, you must take care of yourself before others, and I look really, really good bald. But one thing that I have learned stands true in both a physical sense and in the bigger picture is that we are a culmination of the choices that we make. Day-to-day, year-to-year, and over the course of a lifetime the choices we make for ourselves and how we learn from them shape the people we become and our personal health.
People tend to agree with this principle as far as it applies to the bigger picture of shaping their personal lives, but they tend to get lost when you suggest that it also applies to their health and fitness. Nowhere does this mindset tend to rear its ugly head than when it comes to injury. The way people talk about their injuries or nagging aches, you would think they were the pinnacle of health until a mystical injury sniper appeared out of the woods and shot them.
However I’ve seen enough and know enough to have learned that’s just not the case. Unless you were struck by a car or mauled by a tiger, your injury is most likely an expression of disproportionate strength and weakness. A representation of imbalances that have been left unchecked for too long. They are the product of what happens when we ignore the warning signs and continue on an improper plan of action rather then slow down, swallow our pride, and do it correctly. It’s not that you were exercising freely when injury beset you, it’s that you were exercising POORLY when injury caught up to you.
The good news is that almost no injury is too bad to recover from. Will you be able to bounce back and regain the potential you once had? Not always. But you can always form a NEW foundation that is built on fundamental movement and can promote longevity. The key to creating this new foundation, however, is not found in diving headfirst back into the same habits and patterns that precipitated your injury in the first place. Instead it is in returning to a stage of practicing and perfecting nothing but the essentials of human movement. It’s returning to some of our earliest stages of development.
You want to squat a barbell? Learn to squat your body.
You want to climb a tree? Learn how to put your arms overhead.
You want to run a marathon? Learn how to take a single, PROPER, step.
Injuries are not fun. They are not something I, or hopefully anyone else, would wish on someone. Unfortunately what I cannot say is that they are not deserved. Because in the rawest sense, they are completely deserved. In the same way people who practice good movement are rewarded with health, those who fight against it are inevitably punished with injury. But that is the beauty of fitness and the beauty of life. Day-to-day, year-to-year, and over the course of a lifetime you get to make choices that decide which side of the coin you belong on. And it’s never a bad time to switch.