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Coping With the Emotional Stress That Comes With a Sports Injury

Nobody wants to experience an injury doing something they love. Unfortunately, a sports injury isn’t just physically painful, but can also cause psychological damage in a number of different ways. While it’s fairly straightforward to take care of the physical side of a sports injury, many people neglect the importance of also looking after your mental health.

Athletes face sports injuries in many different ways. Some will feel isolated because they’re falling behind in training or unable to compete with their team. Others will feel stressed due to worries that they may never be able to compete at the same level. Whatever the situation is, finding the right coping strategy will make a huge difference in your rate of recovery.

Get professional advice and opinions about your injury

Not knowing anything about your injury and the consequences can be emotionally stressful. When you’re taken to the hospital or doctor, make sure you speak with them and ask them about the situation you’re facing. Ask them about the type of injury, the typical recovery time, and also the type of treatments that you’re facing. You may also want to speak about different recovery options. For instance, if you’re looking for electromagnetic pain relief that avoids bulky machines, then you could get a reference to a specialist or you might be able to search for alternative treatments from other clinics.

It’s also a good idea to speak to your coach, team members, or other sporting contacts to help you understand what the implications of your injury are. Sometimes, a key player may feel distraught because their team can no longer continue playing without them, or they might feel anxious that they’re going to be replaced if they don’t make a fast recovery. These are all valid concerns, but it’s important to speak to your contacts to figure out what your options are during and after recovery.

Maintaining a positive attitude and accepting responsibility

It’s very common for injured athletes to adopt a negative attitude and find someone or something to blame for their injuries. Determining who’s at fault for a sports injury is incredibly difficult and will generally depend on the circumstances. Unfortunately, it’s almost expected for injuries and accidents to occur during certain kinds of sports especially when contact is common. As such, a serious case can often cause an injured athlete to develop a negative attitude that causes havoc to their mental health.

While there are ways to overcome this negative attitude, it’s difficult to do so without coaching and counselling. You shouldn’t blame yourself for your injuries, but you should accept that you have an injury and that your attitude can actually positively affect your recovery time and the outcome. In attitude, self-coaching and maintaining a positive outlook will motivate you to work harder once you return from your injury.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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