Blaž Kopič pain management for rowing

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How do you manage pain? In rowing there’s the sport and there are injuries.
Blaž talks about how to manage pain. He’s a masters rower and physiotherapist in Slovenia.
Injuries – what you can do without a medical person to assist.
02:30 The ABC of pain – how to help yourself manage pain.
Everyone has a “medicine box” inside your body which you can use including many modalities.
– Pain misconceptions
– Mistakes in training.
04:00 Not all pain is tissue damage. Some is the result of lactate.
Pain does not necessarily equal tissue damage.
Pain is individual and MRI scans don’t show more damage in athletes who report more pain.
10:00 Pain can change your behaviour and so is a “red light” on your dashboard.
11:00 Mistakes in training that cause pain.
Athletes tend to go into too much training too soon. Either frequency or workout intensity.
They don’t have good enough technique for the load they put on themselves.
Ego gets in the way of rowers.
They don’t seek proper guidance for training and cross training.
When you come back to training after a break, get informed. Search online, use YouTube and make a plan.
You cannot teach yourself to row from a book. It’s hard to un-learn the basics if you get it wrong at the beginning.
18:00 In Slovenia there aren’t many masters novices.
19:00 By understanding general concepts about pain it will help you experience less discomfort.
Exercises on how to treat yourself with foam rollers when you feel pain or you have inflammation.
Older people heal more slowly but you can still work to heal yourself.
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