Injuries with climbing seems to be inherent to the sport. And I can tell…
So here my personal story about all my sports injuries, what I learned from it, and how to move forward into Proper-Loading and Proper-Training, until Super-Compensation (see former blog).
I have had countless physio´s, acupuncture treatments, and all kinds of other treatments. The problem with me is that I deal with a couple of issues which makes me prone to injuries:
1. Mental Issues: anxiety can lead to injuries either through falling and/or through pushing too much while you are not currently capable for such moves.
2. Overload, Overtraining and Risks: As said, I often just push myself a bit too much… maybe you can relate? I just want to get back to my level again, and after 20 years of injuries ´taking it easy´ is just no longer an option.
3. Nutrition: good nutrition is very important for your health: body, mind and soul.
4. Pain levels: my last problem is that I often don´t feel pain, unless it is really severe. But it is also a matter of listening to your body more carefully and lovingly.
I do however intervene on time these days, so it doesn’t become too serious> I learned that from my physio´s and myself: to step in, zoom out, and put myself to a halt when I feel it is too much.
And as the Japanese saying goes: you should heal the broken pieces with gold, so it becomes more beautiful and stronger than before (Kintsukuroi) (see picture, Vikramkamboj, 2020).
As you can see, sometimes it is not even my own fault, but it is my responsibility to deal with it properly, heal myself and work on getting better and stronger. So, that is the task ahead for me and my physio: to take care of my loadability vs (over)load, and training vs overtraining. As well as to not only treat the injury and recover from it, but more importantly: to prevent injuries in the future by loading properly, wisely, and effectively during physio exercises, ánd climbing. So, it is not about Over-Loading and Over-Training, but about Proper-Loading and Proper-Training, until the Magic happens: Super-Compensation (see former blog)!
And how do you deal with Injuries?...
Vikramkamboj. (2020). Kintsukuroi. On: https://vikramkamboj.com/2015/12/kintsukuroi-the-japanese-art-of-embracing-broken-and-flawed-things/