#71 - 3 months ago, I bowled during a match and strained my knee. I can walk normally now but should I bowl again?

QUESTION

3 months ago, I bowled during a match and strained my knee. I can walk normally now but should I bowl again?


ANSWER

Hey,

Great question. I wish I could give you a definitive answer but the truth is, I can’t. 

Recovery and rehab is a very unique thing. Some people recover faster than others. Only YOU know how your body feels. It’s great to hear that you’re walking normally again.

My advice would be to slowly introduce more impact through your lower body and see how your body responds. Start jogging lightly, jumping on the spot (skipping) and walk through bowling.

Most of the time, the effect of an injury is mental – to satisfy your mind that you’re “good to go”, you’ll need to build it up slowly. This will allow you to regain confidence in your knee.  

I’d also advise you to implement a more extensive warm up regime, again, just to give your mind the reassurance and confidence that you’re not going to get injured again! 

Take your time, do not rush this process. It’s normal to be frustrated but if you rush it, you’ll do more damage and the recovery process will become even harder!

I hope that helps.

 All the best.


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