Coping with the stress of an injury requires both physical and mental toughness. Sports injury recovery normally zones in on the physical rehab side of things.But it’s also important to include sports psychology techniques so that you don’t suffer mentally as well!
Athletes react to injuries with a whole host of emotions such as denial, anger, sadness, and even depression. People who have suffered with an injury often feel hard done by and can’t really come to terms with it if they are normally fit and healthy. Although these feelings are very much real, it’s important to do your best to get beyond the negative and find more positive ways to cope with the setback you are currently facing.
Here are some tips to try to help you cope with the injury, I have recently tried to implement these myself after finding i really struggled not only physically but very much mentally after my recent injury.
Get some support around you
A common mistake people make after becoming injured is to completely isolate themselves, whether that be from family, friends or teammates. It is vitally important to keep in contact with people when recovering as these people can be there for you when you need to vent some anger or you are feeling down about your injury. This can be a real comfort knowing you have a good support network around you.
Get more knowledge of your injury
If you know more about what’s actually happened to you, the less chance you have of getting anxious or scared about it all. So ask as many questions as possible when it comes to meetings with the physiotherapist or the doctor! By knowing more about what is expected in the rehab you will feel a greater sense of control.
Listen to the experts! Don’t rush back
This is one of the most common and biggest mistakes people make, myself included. How many times towards the back-end of your rehab do you feel like that you are feeling good, and ready to get back into action. Only to find you have rushed back way too early and end up setting your recovery time back even further? which will again make you feel down. So listen to what the doctors tell you and don’t be arrogant and ignore the advise.
Keep a positive attitude
Make sure you are doing everything to give yourself the best chance of recovery. Start by being committed to getting better, this begins by being in control of your own thoughts and self-talk. Use things such as imagining good things in your head instead of focusing on the bad things. Focus on what you want the outcome to be rather than the present!
Mental health covers a wide umbrella and affects people in all walks of life, it is important to know you can talk to people. Don’t isolate yourself whether it’s in sport or life in general. Anyone who is going through a tough injury at the moment, it doesn’t last forever and you will get back to your best if you follow what you are meant to be doing!
Thank you again for reading 🙂