But something went wrong! Halfway through doing some resistance drills, being the klutz that I am, I tripped and brought another girl down with me. My heart stopped. I had fallen, my shoe had come off, and I had landed hard with my ankle twisting in a weird direction. As I got up everything seemed to be ok (by that I mean it hurt but nothing was broken) and I thought about continuing the off-skates. I had come to conquer dammit! I wasn't going to give up! As many sit-ups or burpees as that man wanted me to do I was going to with a smile on my face. My plan was to finish the off-skates like a pro and then go home and die of exhaustion.
Your Old Sports Injury Is Bothering You
Skip the workout and see your doctor. This is usually not a good sign, especially if you have pain during activity. Sudden pain requires immediate medical attention.
You Felt a Sharp Pain the Last Time You Worked Out
Do not work out until you see a doctor to rule out an injury. If you exercise anyway, you may make the injury worse. “Although it is expected to feel soreness after you work out, it is never OK to feel pain.”
In 2007 (i know, right? I couldn't find more recent stats??) WFTDA published some interesting data on roller derby injuries:
I'll admit it, sometimes girls can be catty. We look at a girl taking a rest from a drill and we think, "I'm not having any trouble. What's her problem that this is too hard for her?" Believe me, I've done it and I kick myself every day for it. The truth is, nobody's body is the same. We're all different. We eat different foods, do different exercise, have different daily activities, have different genes for goodness sake. Maybe something is going on with our friends body that we don't know about. Instead of judging them, let's just let them be. They're better at listening to their own body than we are, and if we say anything it should only be to ask if they need our help.
Let's recap: If things hurt, don't skate. Also, be nice.
I have also enclosed a link that is not for the faint of heart. If you enjoy horror movies, and looking at roller derby injuries, then this is the place for you!
The Original Skankter