If I knew then what I know now about Injury Prevention

InjuryPreventionI sign up to a lot of newsletters…
especially those in Martial Arts and fitness.

I do so for a couple of reasons.
1) I do it for my own education and edification.
While I think what we offer is absolutely unique,
we know that we don’t know everything.

2) I do it because I want to see what other people are talking about.

I saw one today that prompted me to write.
It was about injury prevention.
Injury prevention was something I was I had known long, long, ago
as my life would have taken a VERY different direction.

Here are a couple of things I wish I had known that could’ve saved me a lot of pain experienced and time (almost completely) wasted.

1) How it feels is more important than how intelligent it sounds
Whether you lean more towards the natural or supernatural, either God or nature endowed us with sensations to guide our actions. It’s best we not ignore them no matter what information is presented to the contrary. If something hurts, it’s not because we’re weak…it’s because it’s making us weak. Don’t do what hurts. Do what helps.

2) What you’re not practicing will keep you healthy
As important as specific practice is for specific improvement, practice all movement. Moving what’s not moving will keep you healthy. And when you’re healthy, you’ll have more time to practice what you specifically want to…including the Martial Arts.

(If you’d like a little more specific direction, check out THE MASTERPLAN!)