As a competitive soccer player, I’ve struggled with my fair share of injuries. Hip surgery sidelined me at age 21 and recent events have made it hard to stay active. After straining some muscle or connective tissue during a Brazilian jiujitsu take down, I waited a month in recovery mode. Shortly before visiting a highly regarded physical therapist in Austin, Texas, I managed to severely tear many ligaments in my ankle.
When people say “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” my experience says they aren’t discussing the physical injury; the mental challenge may become easier to handle. The injuries will most likely stay with you forever, but there are some ways to mitigate the long-term effects and recuperate quicker.
Using some of these lifestyle hacks, you can improve your injury recovery process and hopefully prevent long-term stiffness that keeps you from being active. First, I’ll explain a few basic principles and lifestyle improvements that are for beginners; towards the end I’ll delve into more interesting biohacking methods. [click to continue…]