We received a request from BKI paintball member Colton Fritz asking about proper rehabilitation. Here is his question:
“How do you rehab muscles or body parts that are often injured when playing paintball? I just received foot surgery and am curious about rehabilitation efforts I could pursue to help strengthen my foot to get back on the field.”
I’m going to start this one off by stating that if you underwent surgery you need to listen to the doctor’s orders on what you can and can’t do. He knows your rehabilitation time better than anyone and will prescribe to you the best advice and treatment along with a physical therapist.
That being said let us dive into this.
The best rehab you can take is to take the extra precaution and training to prevent injury in the first place. Think about it, how often do you skip out on stretching or foam rolling, but once you feel a little tight or a kink on a specific area you’re now all of a sudden putting more love into that place. If you take care of your body with proper nutrition, training and do your stretching and foam rolling you will drastically lower your chances of injury. But even with all caution taken, freak accidents do happen. I tore my ACL when I was 21 years old playing at world cup. That shit sucked but I worked my butt off to get back on the field stronger and faster than ever and so can you.
In this order, focus on this when you have an injury, surgery or not.
Finally, from the start of your rehab my best advice is to stay positive. Understand that this is just a speed bump on your journey to success and we all face them. Don’t give up, don’t get lazy, don’t get fat, don’t skip rehab steps. Instead, focus on how much you want to get back on the field. How hard you’re going to work and be better than ever. This is what separates winners from losers, the ability to fight through adversity and deny failure.