Natural Bodybuilder Ryan Sullivan of Sci-Unison Fitness discusses injury prevention and treatment.

Key Points

  • Warm up thoroughly before your workout. A few super light sets for 28-25 reps will do the job. A few minutes of cardio can also help. The cardio will also help to circulate blood and increase of the onset of any pre workout supplements.
  • Wear the proper attire. If it is cold out, wear warm clothes to keep the muscles warm and functioning well. Heat promotes blood flow, so why be cold ?
  • Lift with proper form. Cheat reps have their place here and there, but too much cheating and lead to injury
  • Push yourself, but be aware of your limitations
  • Dont push too hard too quick. After a long layoff, or scheduled break, give your body 1-2 weeks of light to moderate lifting to prep for the big stuff
  • Ice for swelling and heat for healing. Ice restricts blood flow to combat swelling. Heat promotes blood flood and nutrient delivery once swelling is over
  • Avoid overtraining. Listen to your body. Dont be scared of taking 7-14 days off from the gym. You will come back stronger and fully recovered
  • If you have current injuries, try to use sleeves and wraps to aid the injury or injury prone bodypart
  • Warm bath with epsom salt followed by stretching is very beneficial for nagging injuries
  • DMSO + muscle rub can help alleviate pain
  • Vitamin C helps with injuries. It works to repair collagen and makes new protein for skin, scar tissue, tendons, and ligaments
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin also effectively combat joint pain.