Injuries are never a welcome thing, even when they’re minor ones that clear up in a week, no one likes being sidelines. Naturally, it’s long-term injuries that are the worst. I classify long-term as any injury that puts you out of action for more than 6 weeks. There are so many problems with injuries like this, both mentally and physically.
What I’m going to discuss today is how you can overcome a long-term injury, and return to the peak of your game.
See A Specialist
Injuries are a lot easier to get over when you see a specialist that can help you devise a proper treatment plan. The type of injury you have will determine the type of person you see. As it shows on the Spine Scan Chiropractic website, a chiropractor is your port of call for spinal and lower back injuries, along with neck and shoulder problems. If you’ve torn muscles in your legs, then your best bet is to see a physiotherapist or sports injury, specialist. For injuries to specific joints like your ankles, knees, and hips, I think it’s best to see someone that specifies in just treating those joint problems.
The bottom line is that you need a specialist on-hand to diagnose your problem, then write up a treatment plan for you. This gives you something to actually follow, providing you with the structure you might be missing when you’re out injured. Having a plan to follow makes you feel like there is an end goal in sight, which can help mentally.
Remain Active In Your Team
Most of you will pick up sports injuries playing a sport. As such, you’re likely going to be part of a team. This is where injuries are hard on you mentally, as you have to deal with everyone else going about their business while you’re sidelined. It’s especially hard for any professionals or semi-pro athletes out there whose lives are devoted to their sport. All your teammates are training together, and you’re sat at home.
What you should do is try and remain active in your team. Turn up to training sessions and matches to watch and support them. This lets you stay involved with the club, and join in with the banter and camaraderie. It’ll help stop depressed feelings entering your head, and goes a long way to dealing with the mental aspect of sports injuries.
Continue Rehab Work After Your Return
The only thing worse than a long-term sports injury is a recurring long-term sports injury. Nevertheless, this is the case for a lot of people that suffer injuries. They do all the rehab work, get fit again, and return. Then, after a few matches or training sessions, the injury returns and they’re sidelined again. This is so tough on your mental and physical health, so you have to try and stop the recurring injury theme.
To do this, simply continue your rehab work after your return. Keep doing any stretches or strengthening exercises you were given as part of your treatment plan. This will continue to help protect your body, strengthen your weak points, and keep that injury at bay.
If any of you have injuries, then I hope this piece has given you some much-needed advice on overcoming them for good.