Updated: Sep 25, 2019
An injury is not just a process of recovery, it a process of discovery.
- Connor McGregor
Injury recovery is challenging yourself to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Here are tips to help you get stronger from your injury:
Accept It, Don’t Regret It
The hardest thing about injuries are the down time. You are forced to slow down. It’s also a time to reflect. Get all the “what if’s” out of your system, and feel and embrace the emotions, the regret, sorrow, and anger. Don’t dwell on it however take time to label it so you can move on.
Myth bust your injury by getting all the facts. Learn the ins and outs by scouring the internet, and by asking your doctor, physical therapist, and sport psychologist millions of questions. Talk to other athletes that have suffered your injury as well. Learn from them and understand how far to push and when to rest. Do this to build a better relationship with your body.
Embrace The Pain, Embrace The Suck
Recovery is a painful process both mentally and physically. It’s about pushing yourself through pain and having the patience to recover and rest. Embrace the suck to allow yourself to change and refine your habits.
Trust Your Support Team
Family, doctors, physical therapist, sport psychologist, coaches, teammates, and friends. The list can be long. Communicate and take advantage of your support network. The last thing you want to do, is do it alone.
Just because you physically aren’t able to perform doesn’t mean you are no longer an athlete and can no longer contribute. Stay involved and be supportive of others.
As a coach, I have my injured high school athletes coach youth teams on the side.
Stay connected and find other ways to participate.
Also, dive into new interests that you’ve always been curious about, or dedicate more time to something else you’ve let fall to the wayside.
Stay on top of your game. Be creative with your physical, technical, tactical, and mental aspects of your game. And, train with guidance from your support team.
Imagery is a great way to continue to train as well. Picture yourself playing strong and confident, performing with improved technique, seeing the game you love from a broader lens.
Be thankful for your supports, your successes, just being an athlete, and who you are as a person. End each day with personal gratitude.
The New You
When you are given the green light to play, understand that you aren’t returning and picking up where to left off. This is the new you, the improved you. So keep moving forward and create a new chapter because life is to be lived now, not in the past.