Carson Palmer, the Bengal’s fifteen season quarterback came back to football after tearing his ACL, MCL and dislocating his knee.
How’s that for some inspiration?
A sporting injury can be particularly devastating when it comes to the added consequence of missing a big game or an important practice. However, as tempting as it might seem to push yourself to the extreme, most times it is advisable to rest yourself until full recovery.
Unfortunately, whether your dealing with broken bones, sprained muscles, ACL tears or groin pulls, recovery is going to take its time with you. But the good news is, if you’re a sportsperson, your body is probably going to heal faster than the average body.
However, you almost certainly will recover. All you need is the right tools, the right team and a bit of perseverance.
So how can you help yourself or someone you know make a full recovery on a sporting injury?
1. Begin with Research
And hey, since you’re reading this, you’re clearly doing a good job! So good for you. It helps you learn what to expect and what you need to do and equips you with information unique to your situation.
Understand what’s just happened to you. This is something that will benefit your mental state as well as your physical well being. You have to truly comprehend what it is that’s wrong before you can attempt to fix it.
Talk to Other People
Research has become somewhat synonymous with good ‘ol Google, but there’s more that you can do. As anti-social as you might feel during this time, talk to your teammates and your fellow sportsmen (or women) about their injuries and what helped them recover.
If you don’t already have a good specialist, this is a great way to get recommendations and help you maintain a positive spirit.
Read Similar Stories
Look, the odds are, whatever you’re dealing with, there is someone out there who has dealt with it before. Read about similar experiences. A sporting injury can have many varying consequences on your form, your physical health, your current, and future performances.
The truth is most people (especially those who aren’t into sports) aren’t going to understand the full extent of your pain because they simply haven’t been through it themselves. Reading similar stories of athletes who’ve experienced and successfully dealt with what you’re going through can be extremely helpful.
2. Choosing Your Team: Your Road to Recovery
It takes a team to play and a team to lead you to your recovery (unless yours is an individual sport, in which case I apologize for the poor analogy).
So choose wisely and keep the right people around you. What you want to look for are expertise and comfort.
Your Physical Needs
Choose the right specialist for your needs. Ask for those recommendations and try to get someone who’s had experience in treating sporting injuries. Athletes’ bodies are often trained to be a little bit different from the average body.
Sometimes you may need surgery and physiotherapy. Make sure you are comfortable with your doctors to ensure that you can communicate, ask questions and get the answers you need.
Your Emotional Needs
Though the injury might be physical, it may also affect your mental health. And if you feel like this is true for you, you should definitely take steps towards bettering your state of mind.
First of all, do allow yourself to vent and feel sad about what has happened. Are you missing that big game? That must be awful. It is not great to be pushed to the sidelines during a big match.
The point is, don’t force positivity on yourself. Allow yourself enough time to feel what you feel. If you’re having trouble coping, consider speaking to a mental health professional. Soon enough, you’ll be able to power through and train harder than ever!
3. Setting Realistic Goals for Yourself
The progress you make and the time it takes to get there is not always going to be what you want it to be. However, you can plan for it in advance if you try and be honest and realistic about your expectations.
Consult your doctor and get a carefully considered evaluation of your expected time of recovery. Perhaps, you won’t be able to get out there and play, but you can sure work on other things that might be beneficial to your game.
Make a list of improvements you can make to your game, focus on things you can work on when you get back and just take some time off to rest your mind and body. Sometimes a break can help you get a better perspective on things like strategy.
It’s a Sporting Injury, Not the End of the Game
Injuries are a part of the sport. As awful as it feels right now, you will come out stronger. A sporting injury is just a minor set-back, that if you think about it, really isn’t really a setback at all. Why?
‘Cause they’re common to every athlete. Whether you play in the big leagues, the not so big leagues or in your backyard; if you play long enough, they are inevitable.
Of course the magnitude of the effects they have can vary immensely, but for the most part, the odds are definitely in your favor! You will recover.
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