It’s simple, but surprising nonetheless…
Runner’s Knee, Patella Tendinitis, IT Band Syndrome, Jumper’s Knee, Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease… they sound complex don’t they?
As a non-injury specialist sports coach, it feels a bit like you shouldn’t really get involved with these conditions doesn’t it?
Well, actually, that’s where you’re wrong 😉
You see, there’s one startling fact about knee pain that most coaches never get to discover… and it’s that the NAME of the problem isn’t actually the problem itself!
What do I mean?
The name that a type of pain is given is merely a signpost as to where the pain is located.
It doesn’t explain anything else.
Not one bit. Zip. Nada.
It sounds ridiculous, but we could just as easily call Runner’s Knee something like “Billy”.
Now, “Billy” doesn’t sound so complex does it?
Of course, if you’re an injury specialist or medical professional, you understand where exactly on the body the technical name of pain is referring to and likely treatment protocols for that pain, but we’re not those specialists.
And if we want to play our part in helping with these types of problems, we have to stop trying to use the same signposts and markers that they do.
Because pain is NOT our remit – and it NEVER will be!
So what can we do when someone in our session mentions that they have one of these conditions?
- Take a breath and remember that the complex sounding name is just the location of the pain…nothing else.
- Understand that this pain happened because some joint or other in the body (or a few of them) isn’t moving freely
- Recognise that your client is likely to believe that their “condition” is a huge problem that they can’t do anything about or that they’ll be stuck with forever – which will impact their ability/motivation to train
- Use your knowledge and understanding as an injury hacker to take confident, swift action
While “IT Band Syndrome”, “Patella Tendinitis” or “Osgood Schlatter’s Disease” might sound dreadful… “your joints are just a bit stuck” doesn’t sound half as bad does it? 😆
It’s a fact that the industry just doesn’t want you to know.
They like feeling special, hiding behind baffling terminology that makes them sound clever.
But when it comes down to it, most injuries are nothing more than stuck joints, and the names of specific conditions are nothing more than where the patient points to when they’re describing what hurts.
Do injuries sound complex to you now?
So what’s your next step?
I’ve outlined my exact framework, including FIVE exclusive, simple-yet-massively-effective strategies that you can use as an injury hacker to truly change your clients’ lives when it comes to pain.
I walk you through each strategy in turn during my 60 minute online training called “The Injury Hacker’s Solution to Knee Pain“, which you can get for FREE here
And please, be under no illusions, having the ability to take someone from thinking that there’s nothing that they can do about their pain so they’ll be stuck with it forever, to thinking that it’s an issue that they can actually do something about, is LIFE-CHANGING.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have helped people out of pain who have been suffering for decades with low-level, constant, nagging, horrible aches and pains.
Being in that kind of pain that you just can’t ever get away from is both physically and emotionally draining for them – especially when you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked (for long).
You have the power to change that.