Thread: Injured while stretching
2/04/2009 11:20am, #1
Injured while stretching
One night I was going through my daily strecthing excercises. One being the front splits. So, as I was doing the front splits with my left leg as the lead, there was a loud and resounding pop from my hamstring. The pain was actually pretty dull. I was able to continue the stretch for the night.
However, if I try to perform that same stretch, the dull pain returns (Keep in mind the injury occured within the first 3 days of Janurary.). I've stopped using the front split with my left leg as the lead, and just concentrated on my right as the lead.
I can feel the dull pain whenever I do:
Front stretch with my left leg as lead.
Cheerleader kicks with the left.
Any variation of the round kick or spinning back kicks with the right leg, aimed towards the head.
Any other excercise or basic functions (walking, crouching, etc.), I don't feel the pain.
The pain itself isn't serious. It'll go away with just a few seconds of rest. So, I don't believe it would require any medical attention. If anything, it may just be a grade 1 pulled hamstring.
So, I was wondering what I could do to speed up the healing process a bit besides the good ol' "let it rest for a while." A month seems rather long to me. Any suggestions?
2/04/2009 12:36pm, #2
Heat before streaching/only streach lightly...maybe take an Ibroprophen also. Then ice after your workout.
I'm by know means an expoert, but this has helped me continue to train through injuries.
2/04/2009 12:49pm, #3
Hamstrings take forever to heal.
IMHO static stretching is a waste of time and according to some trainers weakens the body and increases injuries... let me search for a second...
Originally Posted by fug"Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
2/04/2009 1:27pm, #4
Those seem like very helpful suggestions. Thank you very much.
2/04/2009 10:30pm, #5
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There's a really good thread on stretching around here somewhere. I'm not the best with the search function, but I bet you could find it. It might even be a sticky.
But I mostly agree with FUG about static stretching. I only do serious static stretching when my muscles are warm and mostly for muscles that are clearly not flexible enough to do easily the techniques I want to be able to do. Well, that's not exactly true. I do some light static stretching of most muscle groups after workout because, in my experience, it seems to make me less sore the next day.
2/04/2009 11:04pm, #6
I usually do some dynamic stretching before moving on to the static. Mostly to just get the joints ready and the muscles. Although from now on, I think I'll save the splits and other static stretches of the legs after I do my squats, burpees, etc.
I'll definetly look for the thread. Thanks for the heads up.
Also, big thanks to thorthe power. I took a heating pad to the hamstring before doing my stretches, and I barely felt the dull pain that's been keeping me from my workouts. Thanks again.
2/04/2009 11:06pm, #7Originally Posted by Little Lamb"Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
2/05/2009 8:01am, #8
Glad it worked Demon....I've also recently discovered the joys of epsome salt baths, they seem to help also.
2/24/2009 9:07am, #9
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But static stretching following activity or as part of an independent flexibility training session is still highly encouraged. Currently there are no established guildelines as to how long stretches should be held, as research in that area is somewhat lacking, but the general accepted range is around 30 seconds.
Keeping with the thread topic, if you injured yourself doing a stretch, chances are you might have put it on a bit too quickly or too far. I would avoid activities that aggrevate it, but if you must, thorthe power's post is a pretty standard course of action to follow. If the pain persists, or grows worse, you should definately see a doctor.
Laziness, or pride, or whatever seems to keep people from seeing the doctor about their injuries. To me, this seems like a silly thing to endanger your martial arts career for.
2/24/2009 10:30am, #10
I am old, so if books are not in print forgive me.
The book "Zen Shaloin (sp?) Karate" is excellent for many reasons. None more than its research about the truth behind kata. He deals with this subject in there as well, and it is an interesting read.