When the Dreaded Injury First Happens
Contributed By Lesley Paterson
It’s never a pleasant thing when you first feel something “go” while training. Knowing deep down that you have just sustained an injury is very traumatic, especially when you’re only 5 weeks from the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Championships.
Needless to say, I’d been there many times before and I knew what had to be done. Before doing anything else, I had to call up my physio (who luckily is one of my good friends) to get an assessment and form a plan of action.
The first step in my plan of action was to get my LightForce Laser on the area of damage. This technology helps to quickly reduce pain and inflammation, and speeds up the healing process, so I knew that the sooner I could start using it on my injury, the faster my recovery would be. After applying the laser over my hip for 11 minutes, it already felt much better.
The next step was to figure out exactly what was going on so I wouldn’t make the injury any worse while getting geared up to compete. I knew it had to dig a little deeper and get some imaging done.