Injury etiquette

Aside from dreams, facebook, customer service woes, and pets, listening to someone talk about their sports injury has to be one of the most boring topics of conversation.

I won’t write about mine on this post, but you can read about it here (I really tried to make it as entertaining as possible).

Runners get injured all the time.  At any given moment there is someone whining about an injury.  If we had meetings at my work, I would want to bring up my injury as the main topic.

So, I would like to give some tips about how and when you can talk about your injury without the social stigma during your next injury.

1.            First of all, complaining at home is fine.  Your wife is there for you.  There is nothing she loves more than hearing you go “ooo, owww, my knee,” all weekend long.  Don’t forget to ask her to take the kids out to the park alone and to also bring you stuff from the store!

2.            Not matter how small your injury is make sure you put some kinesio tape on it.  The more the better, and don’t stick to one color. That stuff makes you feel like you look like an Olympic medalist.

3.            Don’t talk about your injury but, through subtle manipulation, coax others into talking about it.  You can easily pay someone a few bucks or even form a support system with another runner in order to accomplish this.  Imagine chatting with a group, when someone passes by and says, “Hey, what’s up? How’s the Achilles tendon? That was a nasty spill.” Within seconds, the whole group will be asking you what happened.

4.            …when they do…. Try to keep an aura of mystery around the whole issue.  Don’t say something like, “Well, I have a little bit of arthritis in my ankle bones, and I was running faster than normal because I was trying to make it to the supermarket’s Saturday morning 50% off cheese sale…”  Stick to one liners such as, “I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy,” or “it’s something like this that makes you realize how precious life is.”

I hope these tips have been helpful for the next time you are finding it difficult to deal with your injury  with your usual stoic acceptance.

 

 

 

 

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