5 Tips on Bouncing Back from Injury
Injuries are a part of sports and we have to learn how to deal with them as best we can.
Whether it’s from a tackle or just from overuse, you are likely to experience injuries at least a few times throughout your playing career.
Here are a few tips for bouncing back from them quickly:
1. Have the right mindset
Injuries are a bummer, but it will take longer for you to recover if you are too busy playing the victim.
Yes it’s unfortunate you got injured, but now you have to respond in a good way. Healing starts with having a positive mindset!
2. Give yourself enough time
As athletes we are taught to be tough and to play through pain. Serious injuries occur when we push ourselves too far.
If you get injured and try to come back before you are done healing, you put yourself at a higher risk to reinjure yourself. Trust your body and listen to what it’s telling you through the pain you feel.
Full recovery often will take a good amount of time.
3. Trust your trainers and doctors
They know far more than we do about our injuries. It’s their profession to create the best plan to get you healthy as quickly as they know how.
We need to listen to the directions they give us for rehabilitation exercises and things we should be doing on our own time to speed up the recovery process. Understanding and listening to their directions will put you on the best path towards healing.
4. Stay involved
Don’t use your injury as an excuse to miss practices or team activities. If you are allowed to attend, you should be there with your team. If you stay tuned in at practices, it will be an easier adjustment when you are getting back on the field.
You can still be a presence on the sideline, especially if you are being encouraging and giving your teammates helpful information.
5. Be invested in your recovery
Work as hard and often as your doctors and trainers will allow. Rehabilitating from an injury is a lot of hard work. Don’t take shortcuts in your therapy sessions. It will catch up with you in the long run.
Don’t settle for returning from your injury as the same player you were before, make it a goal to come back even stronger and better.