There was a point in time where my injuries issues were not only bad but frequent as well. It was not uncommon to get an ankle injury, have it for 3 weeks and right as it healed, get a finger injury. In fact, it occurred so much that for a near 3 year period I didn’t go a full two weeks without an injury.
Now there were various reasons for this. An unorthodox style based on speed certainly didn’t help. The bad shoe choices weren’t much help either. But perhaps the worst part was that I just didn’t play smart. Playing smart can be just as helpful to your durability as working out can be.
But over time all of that changed. I went from having frequent injuries to barely any at all. It was synonymous with my training routines, better diet and overall rise in basketball IQ. It had literally been months since my last injury.
So imagine my surprise when I got out of bed and all of a sudden felt a sharp pain in my ankle. It passed as soon as it came but it put me on notice. The only problem is I couldn’t put a time on when I got it. Yes, I had played basketball recently but I was fine after and felt nothing, even after the adrenaline had worn off. Having avoided any issues on an actual midair collision there was only one other way: training.
The Good News
It’s not too bad. In order to feel it, I need to move my ankle in a way that I normally wouldn’t anyway. Even better it doesn’t hamper walking or even running for that matter. So the level of seriousness is low. As of right now these types of injuries still heal pretty fast.
Outside of that, it’s clear that the workouts I have been doing and the level of fitness that I currently have are helping. Despite barely doing any cardio at all I don’t fatigue nearly as bad as I thought. Bumps are just that: bumps. My overall durability is better. So I definitely think that part of the reason why it wasn’t worse is because of the durability.
The (Not Really Bad, But Concerning) News
Injuries like these are why I was concerned about the dunk training. No, I don’t believe I’m breaking down or anything like that. However, when it comes to body safety and keeping my durability I certainly face an uphill battle as I age. Knowing that I didn’t receive this pain from playing pick-up, but instead during training, also is a bit concerning. It’s very likely it happened while recently jumping during a training session. The reason why that’s concerning news: I was going light that day.
It’s a reminder that getting that much air and coming down safely is very important. And the older you get the harder it can become.
I went to work out the following day and could feel the pressure on my ankle every time I put weight on it. But again, because it was very slight, I know that I’ll be ready to get things going very soon. Gaining the ability to dunk is still a very important undertaking that I want to complete.
But I’ll have to be smarter and safer in my approach. Recognizing exactly what needs to get done and having a plan is key. Now I just need to carry it out in time!