How to Cope with Injury
Injury has become a commonplace in the world today. Whether it be from team sports such as football or basketball, or emerging sports like CrossFit, injury has been even more prominent than ever. Not to say that it is a guarantee, but the odds are stacked against you when it comes to experiencing an injury at some
point in your career.
So, how do you deal with the effects of an injury? Do you search for the positives and opportunities to help you become better? Or are you going to spiral downward to the destructive path to negativity? This is extremely important to consider BEFORE an injury happens because it can be devastating to the average person. Through personal experience, along with seeing many fellow athletes go through it, there is a common set of tactics to help keep you on track.
DEALING WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
When someone gets injured, it can certainly make one feel vulnerable to harmful or depressing thoughts. It’s not a topic that most people want to discuss, but it is necessary to be prepared for the worse case scenario.
That being said, there are many outlets for you to focus your energy elsewhere. One of the best ways to counteract this is to immerse yourself in books and podcasts. The focus could be personal development or some other subject that has always been of interest to you. Maybe it’s the Tim Ferriss Show, Joe Rogan or a book you’ve never finished. The key here is to channel your efforts into something constructive to move forward and not backward. Many of us are guilty of procrastinating and putting things off because our natural tendency is to take the path of least resistance.
One important note worth mentioning is that you must surround yourself with people that are going to pick you up. Ever since graduating high school in 2009, it has become increasingly clear to me how imperative this concept is. You must keep an optimistic mindset to prevent destructive patterns.
WHAT ABOUT THE GYM
Now, I’m not saying you have to go to the gym. Depending on the severity of your injury, it can take your gym time down drastically. If you are already a gym-goer, continue to go! Do what you can within reason. It sucks to see people doing things that you want to do, but surrounding yourself with a strong support group will be a huge boost in helping you recover. Unless you had a severe injury, you can modify movements to make them more manageable for the time being. I speak for myself on this because I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to do the movements you want to do. I can take a toll on you, but it has taught me something I the process: that you should view the injury as an opportunity to work on weaknesses, explore a hobby that has always interested you, or strengthen your relationships.
Having the expertise of a doctor is going to be vital on the road to recovery. Always consult with your physician in regards to your recovery protocol so you can get back to the playing ground as soon as possible. Resist the temptation to attempt to return too early because this can delay things even more.