I strained my left glute a while back through a combination of deadlifting and playing hockey (I think it wouldn’t have been so bad had I not played hockey on it). anyways, I thought that a few weeks off and I’d be back to good in no time, so I did some really light weight squatting work and whatnot to try and re-hab it back into good form.
Welll… nothing helped. I finally went and saw an ART guy and after workin on me, he said to just NOT do anything to it. I didn’t listen because I’m 22 and superhuman (right?). As it turns out, I became a walking-shitstorm of mild injury.
I proceeded to mess up my hip as my body sought balance because of my messed up walking cadence. I then hurt my RIGHT knee a short while later landing weird while jumping (at this point, I started questioning my superhuman powers). well, I got to the point where my knee really hurt, my glute felt like shit, and my hip was sore.
I decided it was time to say “fuckit” and stop training my legs and take it easy on them until everything was better. After about two months, I realized “hey, my hip hasn’t hurt in a while, and my glute hasn’t sent any pain up and down my leg.” That’s when it hit me that my knee hadn’t hurt and I could squat all the way down to a baseball catcher’s stance without any discomfort again.
moral of the story is that if you think you fucked something up, go see a sports therapist or a doctor, and LISTEN to what they say. I’d also suggest using your down time from lifting to STRETCHING all the muscles out to maybe help prevent some further injury down the line.
Be smart and STRETCH!