Why Playing Through Pain Can Be Bad
Pain is an awkward thing. We generally associated pain with a physical injury, with tissue damage. Kinda like; you sprain your ankle, your ankle hurts. You tweak your back, your back hurts.
Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s slightly more complex. I know, it always is. Ugh.
The truth is that pain and damage are linked, but you can also hurt without tissue damage and …, not hurt at all while your body is “broken” (this situation is called an “asymptomatic injury”).
Tissue injury or damage, for example after spraining your ankle, generally hurts. In the video this type of pain is referred to as “acute pain”. The video mentions to manage acute pain and everything will be fine. This also, is not as simple as it sounds.
If mismanaged, and this happens very often, acute pain can turn chronic (the video explains chronic pain). Your pain after spraining your ankle stays around. Your pain after tweaking your back lingers and never really disappears. Moreover, you lose strength, flexibility, speed and/or jump height.
A sprained ankle, a tweaked back, a surgically repaired ACL, if not properly managed, can end up causing chronic and debilitating pain.
Proper management (for example, personalized treatment and training) of your acute pain is crucial to prevent pain from sticking around, from becoming chronic. That being said, playing and practicing “through” your pain is generally a very bad idea!
In our next article we’ll talk about several key factors of proper management. I’ll share with you how to recognize good and effective help.
PS, also in the USA both acute and chronic pain are a huge problem.
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Hey, I am a Dutch trained PT (not licensed in the USA), LMT and certified personal trainer. I have worked with many athletes from all over the world. Among which professional soccer players, Olympic level track athletes, IFBB bodybuilders, NFL and MLB super stars and of course high school, college, professional and USA national team volleyball players. Oh and also … , coach Jill is my wife.