Strength and conditioning can only normalize tissue permanently changed by injury. You can never undo what’s been done, 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.
A bad ankle sprain can take four to six weeks to heal. CrossFitters may be supermen, but they can’t outrace the body’s tissue healing times or physiology.
Factors that can impede healing include age, nutrition, sleep, stress, and inactivity. So can diabetes, use of anti-coagulant medication and use of the corticosteroids used in asthma inhalers.
It is not up to trainers to suggest athletes use ibuprofen. Tylenol is preferred. But physicians may recommend use of ibuprofen for certain acute joint strains. Finally, inflammation is best treated with ice.