This may sound like a beginner question, but how do you guys deal with training and sports injuries? Not the more serious stuff, I've had those (shoulder separation and back injury from squatting) in college, but the nagging kind, where you can still make it into the gym, but often with some exercises cut out, or reps raised/weight lowered.
I ask because, at the ripe old age of 24, I find myself noticeably stiffer in my joints, in spite of taking glucosamine/chondroitin and Omega-3s, and am also dealing with a shoulder injury from rugby. If I was back home in the U.S., I'd go get ART, which has worked great in the past, but over here in the UK that's not an option.
So what are some day-to-day things to do to ease pain and make nagging injuries go away? Ibuprofen, how much? Icing a lot, or just after initial problems? Stretching on off days, how often, how long? Are contrast showers (no access to a hot tub) any help, or just a recovery method? Those kinds of questions, thanks for any help.