All athletes are going to deal with injury at some point in their career. We push our bodies to the limit every day. Knowing how to cope with the adversity that comes from injury can have a positive impact on your recovery process. Below are some great ways to deal with and overcome injuries.
1. Understand yourself and your body – As an athlete it is important to have an understanding of your body. You need to know when you feel good and when you don’t. Knowing the difference can help prevent injury in the first place. You need to know when something feels off and communicate that with your coaches. Knowing your body also applies on the recovery side of an injury. Healing progresses differently in every person so you need to pay attention to how you feel that way you can avoid pushing yourself in practice before you are ready.
2. Have a support system – In sports you need people to help keep you on the right path. You need people to celebrate with when things go well, but you also need people to lean on when times are hard. Find these people and share your journey and experiences with them.
3. Stay positive – Even though you are dealing with an injury, try to find the positive in the situation. Dealing with injury is hard. There will be days where it feels like the end of the world. It is okay to feel like that, but don’t stay in that mind-frame. Instead, look for other ways to get better. Try focusing on your leadership skills or spending the extra time you have watching film.
4. Stay diligent – Rehab and recovery will be the most important thing you do when you are injured. Be diligent. Do not miss a day or skip a rep. Communicate with your athletic trainer on a plan to recover from your injury. And when you are finally recovered, don’t stop. Keep doing those exercises to strengthen your body and stay healthy.
5. Stay connected – It can be easy to disconnect when dealing with an injury. You might spend more time in the training room and less time with your team at practice. You may not travel with the team while you are recovering. This means you are going to have to work even harder to stay connected to your teammates. Try to find other ways to get involved at practice.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“An injury is not just a process of recovery, it’s a process of discovery.“