The last thing most athletes recovering from an acute injury should do is take a month off from CrossFitting, Kelly Starrett told participants at a one day seminar at CrossFit Santa Cruz on March 14, 2009. Starrett is the owner of San Francisco CrossFit and a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In part 2 of our series on how to train through acute injuries, Starrett said conventional advice can sometimes be mistaken. The recovery phase is when athletes need CrossFit most. When it comes to fitness, it’s a case of use it or lose it. Workouts should be modified, not abandoned. Do a workout on one leg, if necessary. Or consider Tabata intervals on day one of the recovery program, and let the intensity find you.
Working out increases blood flow and promotes healing. It drives insulin sensitivity, restores proteins and gets the whole system looking for anabolic enzymes. The recovery phase from an acute injury is also a great time to tackle your “goat” - the stuff you hate to do, but need to do.
Injured athletes are still athletes. They need to avoid feeling sorry for themselves and get their butts back into the gym. And quickly.