What is your mindset for recovery when being injured?

Nick Fraser, Parkour & Freerunning athlete from California, shares his most recent experience of being injured.

Now is the perfect time to really put in the time for rehabilitation. Especially with the quarantine in place. Use this time for stretching, gaining strength back, or whatever your body needs to be able to come out of this injury and quarantine as a better athlete than you were before. Stay positive and stay consistent. – Nick says.

To follow his story about the recovery onward, check out his Instagram!

Out of all of my injuries, I have learned to wait until you are FULLY healed before training normally again.

The parkour community in California is an amazing influence on freerunners due to the variety of old-school and new-school styles. Like most of the freerunning community, the people here are extremely supportive to each other which helps a lot when an athlete is injured or something significant happens in another’s life. We all help each other as much as possible regardless of whether we’ve known others for 2 hours at a jam or from 2 years of training together. Everyone feels like best friends in this community which is a beautiful thing.

I have been injured many times in my 7 years of freerunning—from concussions to torn ligaments that led to surgery. Out of all of my injuries, I have learned to wait until you are FULLY healed before training normally again. I have been injured off and on for the past few months. First it was lower back pain from pinching a nerve due to bad posture while landing. Now it is due to severe hyperextension of the ligaments/tendons of my foot that happened 2 months ago at a competition at Freedom In Motion in Temecula, CA. This chain of injuries contributed to one another because I didn’t allow myself to fully heal and didn’t allow enough time for training to get ready for a competition. I had just finished healing up from my second pinched nerve in my lower back when I decided to go to a competition directly after recovering. The only training I had leading up to the competition was a couple flips in the parking lot 30 minutes before the freestyle event started. Because I didn’t take it easy and performed my line as if I were at 100%, it led to another injury.

 

The key is willpower and making sure you make the right decision for yourself.

It has been 2 months since the competition and I’m almost ready to train again but this is the hardest part of recovery. This is because you start to feel fine and test the injury to see what you can or can’t do. As soon as things feel good again people seem to try to train as much as possible, over-do it, and re-injure themselves. After the pain of an injury dies down, it is important to take small steps to make sure your body is ready to take the stress of training. Starting low impact and increasing to high impact is a good way to test your limits without greatly risking re-injury.

It can be very upsetting when an event like a jam or competition happens while you’re injured and you don’t see the point of going if you can’t train. The key is willpower and making sure you make the right decision for yourself. I know if I go to an event while being injured, I would push myself and end up worsening the injury. It’s a bad habit, but I know that’s my tendency. It’s about knowing your own tendencies and making a decision based on them.

Not being able to do what you love, such as freerunning, can be very mentally infuriating. I would suggest finding outlets that work for your situation so you don’t go crazy. My injury held me back from doing anything that included walking at first so I primarily worked on rolls. Recently I have been limited to only low impact movement so I’ve worked on flow. During this healing process I would go to the gym and work out to release some pent up anxiety from not training how I would like to. All in all, if you’re restricted by an injury, let yourself heal. If you feel good to start training again, take it slow. Of course all of this is common sense but I clearly needed a wake up call and maybe this will serve as a good reminder for some of you, too. 

Nick Fraser
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