Follow Dr.’s Orders If You Have Injuries
Make sure you get injuries looked at by a medical professional. I do not advise anyone to go against professional medical advice, so if a doctor tells you not to participate in class, because of your injury, then be sure and follow their instructions. That said here are some things that you can do if you are unable to participate in the class.
- Still attend and observe the class on your normal days and take notes about the lessons and drills. Listen intently as if you were in the class participating as usual.
- Ask the instructor if there is anything you can safely do while you are out of commission. You might be surprised to find out there are things you can do depending on the injury. Check with your doctor as well.
- Put together a plan for getting back to your regular scheduled routine once you get the all clear from your doctor.
- Meditate and visualize yourself doing your martial art for 5-10 minutes a day.
- Take care of yourself, and follow your doctor’s medical advice to the letter, so that you can return quickly and in tip top shape.
Keeping regular attendance is probably the most important thing to do when you are injured. For most students, once the habit of regular attendance is broken, it gets filled with other things, and then it is hard to get back into the routine. Staying focused on your class will keep you focused on your art, getting better, and all of the things that you want to achieve. Injuries can happen, but treat them as a temporary setback and not a complete surrender of your ambitions and goals.