In youth sports has the perception that “more is better” and youth athletes recover more quickly from hard workouts than adults; however, because children and adolescents are still growing and developing, they actually require more time than adults for recovery between high volume and high intensity training session. Youth and high school athletes need to understand 2 things about recovery.
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I learned so much from this injured period. I had to be a “good patient” and learn to listen to my body on a whole new level. Walking with crutches and in a CAM boot forces your body to make all sorts of adjustments that you truly don’t understand until you LIVE it. This time completely changed how I manage patients recovering from stress fractures AND how I guide all my patients back to running from injury. During my recovery, I got creative with my training and it was during this time, I was introduced to my rockstar mentor, the Major.
I had completely overlooked PLYOMETRIC & STRENGTH exercises. I did some random warms ups with quick feet and box jumps but no diligent plan or proper progression. Outside of this, I had done everything right.... ✓ I ran 4 days/week with no >10% mileage increases. ✓ Did 1-2 strength workouts per week, and went to bikram yoga every couple weeks.
I remember this run like it was yesterday. It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and my husband & I were on mile 5 of a 10 mile run, our LAST run before the big race and I suddenly felt a pain in my left foot.
Not just an ache or catch I could jog off but a sharp pain that stopped me in my tracks. When I realized I couldn’t shake it off, I made the 2 mile hobble home.
That evening, I had convinced myself it was a sprain or a fluke pain and that I’d plant my feet the next morning and feel as though nothing had happened. (This is what I call: Post-Injury Denial Syndrome. Don’t judge, you know you’ve been there too!)