Whether it’s an ankle sprain, an aching back, a broken bone, or a major injury that requires surgery, chances are you’ll be sidelined because of that. Getting injured is a big nightmare especially for athletes. Major injuries can mean that you’ll be sitting out of games or worse, the whole season, and leave you feeling defeated and hopeless. But believe it or not, the effects and challenges that an injury may bring can actually inspire you to come back strong after a significant injury.
Here are tips to help you come back strong after a major sports injury.
Know Your Limits After Recovering From a Major Injury
It’s easy for athletes to be tempted to push their body too hard even though they’ve just recovered from a major injury. This is probably due to their competitive spirit which drives them to go beyond their limits without realizing that they may get re-injured again.
- As an athlete, it’s essential that you know your limits especially after recovering a significant injury. You have to allow your body to re-familiarize itself to the game slowly to avoid running the risk of re-injury.
- This process will require an athlete to be compliant with the treatment and recommendations given by his team of doctors before getting back to the game. Being compliant means that you will stick to the treatment plan made for you no matter what.
Don’t Rush Yourself
In addition to being compliant with your treatment and rehab, it’s also important not to rush yourself during the recovery process.
- For example, if you’re coming back from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, it will take a couple of months before you are allowed to have contact again. This could be very frustrating for an athlete especially if the injury happened during the mid-season which affected your team’s chances of reaching the playoffs. Although it may be very depressing, you should never underestimate the importance of taking your time after a major injury.
- Keep in mind that your body is like a machine, and just like professional drivers need to trust their cars, you also need to trust the machine that is your body, by allowing it to recover long enough for you to get back to competitive play safely.
Deal With the Stress and Mental Issues Associated With the Injury Properly
Use the recuperation time during your treatment and rehabilitation process to deal with the stress and mental issues associated with your injury. You can also use this downtime to prepare yourself mentally to get back to the game.
- Some athletes are often left hopeless and depressed about their injuries. This can even get worse especially if they can’t train and get back to their sport for a very long time. As a result, some athletes lose their motivation and their competitive fire inside them.
- Work with your coaches to help you create a specific training regimen for your injury so you can continue to participate in team practice to some degree, even if you’re still injured.
It’s normal to feel down after getting injured. It’s our natural action after losing one of our passions, but it’s essential that you don’t let these emotions dictate what’s going to happen to your life from now on. Work on setting up small goals and focus your attention on trying to achieve them so you’ll be able to work your way to your pre-injury form again smoothly. These small goals will help show you that you’re on your way towards full recovery, and will also give you the confidence you need once you get back to competitive play.
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