For the recent deltoid injury, I could not move my left arm at all for few days. Any unintended slight movement was painful, for example when I wanted to carry my handbag, pick up something or wipe something. They were unintended movement because I wanted to use my left arm to do those out of habit. Luckily the studio was no longer operating when the pain worsened.I did not have to worry about teaching.
This is what brought me to the initial topic. If you are a teacher, what happen when you are injured and you have classes to run? The studio may not have available instructors to cover your class for various reasons; clash with their own class, out of town, have other gigs, or the material is not their expertise. These can happen in studios that have jam-packed schedule and not enough instructors or developing studios that are still grooming instructors to be or sourcing out. Of course the ideal is the opposite of those; a studio that has a balance between the number of students and teachers, the teachers are versatile and equal level of expertise that allow them to cover for each others’ classes anytime. Studios have their own challenge achieving that and while they are at it, instructors continue to face difficulty when they are injured or falling sick.
There are sincere “Oh you poor thing” response. “Oh you poor thing (but you still have to continue teaching)" should never happen, but it can happen. Sometimes we too as worker just want to carry out our duty seamlessly and inconvenient no one so we sport the task even though we are unwell. My students (the closer ones) asked me why I trained or taught classes when injured but told students to rest till complete recovery when they were injured. I was stunned for awhile and then realised that I wasn’t practicing what I preached. Why did I emphasised resting to other injured bodies but not mine? My body is not better build to withstand further injury or have special ability to recover while at the same time continue teaching.
Of course this is no longer my case right now. I took all the time I need to recover from my deltoid sprain and I am now good to go. Will resume light stretching later today.
Thinking about it, I could have trained my split flexibility. That will have no effect on my deltoid injury. Hmm… Alright will leave it here. When you have an upper body injury, you can still train for your middle split and front split if you want to resume training but stay on the safe side. If you have injury in your lower body, you can do light stretches for the upper body and some strengthening, e.g. pull up, push ups. I don’t think you can do deep backbend because that requires hip opening exercises (lower body).