“Pain is not something you deal with, it is something you haven’t dealt with.” – Coach Hassard
Pain or no pain, please pay close attention to this lesson and you’ll save yourself from lots of rehab time, medical bills, and performance loss.
Pain is unfortunately very common in inexperienced, improperly trained, or hard-charging people. It’s very rare that I work with someone who hasn’t or currently has back, shoulder, and/or knee pain. However, the great news is that there is always a solution and the solution is often very simple. With proper training, you can find pain-free movement by taking the necessary steps to deal with it.
As you recall and will never forget, one of the unbreakable rules in training is to find pain-free movement. If you ignore pain or try to push thru it, it is inevitable, INEVITABLE, that a more serious and debilitating injury is coming your way. Not only will an injury slow or completely stop your progress, it can be psychologically destructive. Even though the body will heal, some people never recover mentally from an injury. Save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress and deal with any pain immediately.
First, let’s make the distinction between good pain and bad pain.
The only good pain is the feelings commonly associated with exercise (i.e. muscles burning, aerobic demands, mental discomfort).
Acceptable pain is soreness, we don’t want it, but when training, it’s going to be there from time-to-time. I do my best not to train muscles that are sore because they are in recovery mode and I want them to recover as fast as possible.
You know what bad pain is. It overrides everything. It is sharp, throbbing, pulsing, shooting…you get it. It is your body stepping in and saying something is not right. Listen to that instinct.
Here are the steps you can take (in order):
In summary, if you have pain, deal with it.