How to Tell Whether You’re Hurt or Injured

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We hope that you don’t get hurt or injured during your workout, but in the event that you do, it’s important to know the difference between the two.
If you find that you’re sore from your last workout and are worried that working out again will exacerbate your soreness, the question you should ask yourself is, “Am I hurt or am I injured?”
We define being hurt as feeling a muscle soreness or minor pain from a previous workout that will feel better in a day or so. These pains are not serious and should go away after a short period of rest.
On the other hand, we classify an injury as a pain that lingers in a joint or muscle for a period longer than two or three days. These are the pains that you should be sure to monitor because if they get worse (or simply don’t feel better) after a few days, you’ll need to get them checked out by a physician.
The next time you hear somebody you know try to get out of doing a chore or a workout because they are “injured,” make sure that they know the distinction; if they’ve been hurting for more than a few days, they need to get their injury looked at.
If you have any other questions about how to distinguish between being hurt and being injured or anything else related to the world of fitness, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to point you in the right direction!

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