The recovery process for sports injuries usually concentrates on physical rehab. But for athletes, it’s also important to incorporate sports psychology techniques to help them recover mentally. When you’re otherwise healthy and physically active, an injury can be frustrating. Resilience is needed both physically and psychologically to cope with injury stress.
Despite these feelings, it’s important to move forward and find more positive ways to overcome this setback. Athletes who can handle injuries gracefully will become more focused, flexible, and resilient. The following strategies can help:
Ask your doctor, trainer, coach, or therapist the following questions to learn what you need to do to heal quickly and fully:
- Do I have an injury (what type is it)?
- How can I get treated?
- Why am I receiving these treatments?
- Can this be recovered in a reasonable amount of time?
- During rehabilitation, what should I expect?
- Are there any safe alternatives to traditional exercise?
- If I get worse, what are the warning signs?
A second opinion may be necessary if you feel uncomfortable with the response from your care team.
Recovery Is Your Responsibility:
Your recovery can be impacted if you take responsibility for it. A greater sense of confidence can be found when you take control of your recovery process. The process also helps you recover faster than trying to return to the level of performance that you had before your injury. Making sure you have a first aid kit with medical ice packs is a start to taking responsibility and good care of yourself.
Stay Committed To Your Recovery Process:
Others may lose motivation and slack off on their therapy, while others may become discouraged and quit. To heal quickly, be committed to your treatment and listen to your doctor and/or athletic trainer. You can stay balanced as you achieve your healing goal by setting small daily or weekly goals that build momentum. You should also speak to yourself positively.
Stay focused on what you need to do and not what you will miss during your daily rehab. Work hard and maintain a positive attitude throughout it.
Get Support From Others:
Following an injury, it is common to isolate from teammates, coaches, and friends. You should keep in touch with others as you recover. They can offer advice or encouragement when you need to vent. Make sure that you are surrounded by strong, positive people who can encourage you during your recovery and boost your spirits when you are feeling discouraged. It can be very comforting to know that you are not alone when you suffer an injury.
These four tips should help you to look after yourself during recovery from an injury. Be good to you and get well soon!