[21 May 2020] Are you at increased risk of injury following a period of rest?
Many of us have not been able to play or train for our normal sports activities. I have been impressed to see how many people are out walking and cycling in our parks and making use of the Canberra bush. It has been great to see families spending quality time together playing in our parks. As sports start up again, many athletes may have had an extended forced rest. This may have been a complete rest from sport or a significant decrease in normal playing or training load. Long periods of rest cause reduced physical capacity. The longer the rest period, the longer the time required to return to pre-rest levels. There is an increased risk of injury if the return to training is too fast or too intense. Athletes should work on gradually building up their load, considering frequency, duration, and intensity. They should ideally work closely with a coach or trainer on a graduated return to normal training loads. If you are not back to sport yet, do not leave it to the last minute. Ideally start now and gradually build up. Hopefully, you can return to sport without any issues. However, if you have a problem, I am here to help.