When you are fit and healthy, there isn’t much that can scare you. But, one worry that does weigh on the minds of all fitness fans is suffering from a severe injury.
It’s not the pain that is the issue – it’s the effects of the injury that are of vital concern. After all, being able to exercise is part of what gives us all a buzz out of life. So, if you’re worried about getting injured, or have recently had that misfortune, read on. I’ve pulled together some of the best advice from personal experience, friends, and the web for your perusal.
It’s OK to feel sad
First of all, if you are out of action for an extended period, don’t be afraid to feel sad about it. Getting an injury is never pleasant for anyone, and it’s a reminder that we are all mortal. Don’t keep things cooped up inside you, as it will eat away at you and affect your inner strength. And, you will need that if you want to get as fit as you can later on down the line.
Be in the now
It can be tough to deal with things when you have an accident. This is especially true for young athletes. They might have promising sports careers ahead of them, only to realise that their dreams have been shot down. There will be a period of wishing for an alternative scenario, of course. But, if you want to get back to being as good as you possibly can, you have to look forward, not back. Take stock of your situation as it is, and work with what you have.
Find the best treatment
The best treatment for injuries isn’t necessarily the one that costs the most. It’s the treatment that gives you the confidence to be the best you can, in as quick a way as possible. So, ask around for recommendations from family members, friends and associates. So, investigate all of your options and be positive that you will get through this nightmare scenario.
OK, so you are out of action – and you can’t hope to be where you were before the accident for a long time. It can seem like an enormous prospect. However, if you break up your recovery into little chunks, then you will soon be on your way. Talk to your physio or medical practitioner about these baby steps. It’s important to have lots of small goals that will inspire you on your way to recovery.
As I mentioned above, you could be out of action for a long time. And, your progress will feel slow at times. The key to success is to be patient – not just with yourself, but also with your family and recovery team. They will all understand how important it is to get back to your previous self, and will do everything they can in their power to help. Take your time, free your mind, and all your worries will be put to rest.
Good luck with the recovery – let me know how you get on!