Who here keeps a journal for their injuries? A lot of people have a training journal, keeping dates of their PBs and log their diets, but who here records what is one of the most important things to your lifting career?
Now there is more than one reason for keeping an injury journal.
The first is that when you get injured you can present it to any therapist or surgeon you are seeing. Think about money saved. First the therapist needs to assess your injury, then needs to spend the time working out how to fix it. This alone can cost the first two sessions, that's what, $100-150? Subsequently you will have a list of all the minor details of the injury, things you have tested in your own time which the therapist may have missed when waving your limb around in all directions. This information will most likely lead to a better assessment and thus a better recovery.
Secondly you LEARN about your OWN BODY. Many experienced lifters will tell you they learned from their injuries. Many out of shape people will tell you an injury has caused them not to train. When you study your own pains, you stop complaining about them and they become an object, not a subject, which leads to more specific understanding about how you work. This will cross over to exercise selection. You will avoid exercises which could aggravate problems you will FORESEE. Avoiding injury is better than actively recovering from it. You will learn how to stretch the RIGHT things, rather than second guessing which stretches to do because you read it in an article which includes information on a similar problem to that you are experiencing.
Thirdly you can use the journal as a record for progression. Most of you will look at me and ask how a list of injuries is an indication of progression. Lift numbers are indicators of progression. Bodyweight and girths are indicators of progression... Injuries are your antiprogression.
When you look at progression you use that information to figure out what to focus on next, and you can do the same with your injuries. Like lifts, you cant rehabilitate all injuries at the same time, else you get lost and either stop lifting or don't fix any of them. With a journal you can focus your rehab on the section of the body which is causing the most problems.
Begin your injury journal today!
If you have no injuries to speak of, I sincerely wish the best of luck to you.