I’m nursing a very bad left elbow injury. Siew Chin was over zealous with her nikkyo lock and over extended the pin. i felt the tendons in my left elbow went beyond the normal travel of a elbow and that was that. Two to three weeks ago, and the pain is still here.
One thing about injury is that it teaches you to be sensitive and humble. Sensitive because that area of hurt cannot be treated otherwise. and there is a lot of consciousness and energy needed at the area of hurt. You have to be sure that the area is properly protected. You cannot do what you normally do and the elbow cannot bear the usual weight it used to bear.
Which brings us to humilty. Humility because you have to respect the injury. The injury is reality, no way to compromise it, sure you can try, only to risk further injury. When it is not the time, it simply is not the time. There is no way you can push an injured elbow, until you are absolutely, realistically sure that you can. there is no pretence and no way to imagine that the elbow will be the good old elbow, injury free.
So we have to humble ourselves and admit that the injury exists, and tender loving care is absolute. We can go all masochistic about it, but let’s do it only when our body is in tip top condition to take abuse. Now that the body has taken abuse and gotten injured, we need to nurse it back, before it can be ready to take a beating again.
Oh, not forgetting that at my age, once an injury like this is sustained, it gets sustained. so the entier bodily ecology changed, the movement change, the speed and judgement change. a whole new set of skills need to be learned. a weakened elbow will need a redrafting of the entire training regime and strategy.