How Athletes Can Stay Positive After an Injury


All athletes run the risk of sustaining an injury. While an injury will slow anyone down, athletes can find it particularly challenging to be affected by an injury. Not being able to keep moving and training is tough, and it can affect both physical and mental health. Staying positive isn’t always easy, especially when you have a long journey to recovery and you’re not sure when you might be back to your usual levels of activity. It can be hard, but there are things that you might do to keep a positive mindset when you’re on the road to recovery.

Create a Recovery Timeline

One of the things that might be difficult for athletes that have injured themselves is being unsure about when things might go back to normal. To try and manage this, it’s a good idea to come up with a recovery timeline to get a better idea of when you might be able to return to your previous training schedule. This will probably mean working with doctors, physical therapists, trainers, and others who can help you to achieve this. They can offer advice and help you to create a timeline with things that you can do to aid your recovery.

Deal with Financial Problems

Athletes who are injured can find themselves dealing with financial issues. While high-flyers might have plenty of money and management to support them, lower-level athletes may need to take care of their own medical costs. One way to deal with the costs could be to look for the best lawyers for personal injury matters. A legal case will allow you to pursue compensation if you think that someone else may be responsible for your injury. This could be due to negligence, malicious behavior, or other reasons. If you’re successful, you could have your expenses covered.

Find Alternative Ways to Stay Active

Coming to a stand-still when you’re usually very active is hard to deal with. But if you want to remain positive, there are usually other ways you can stay active. You might need to switch to gentler types of exercise or workouts that allow you to exercise different parts of your body. This could include trying out yoga, going swimming, or even taking some gentle walks. Talk to your physical therapist or doctor about the activities that you can do and find something that you enjoy doing.

Revisit Goals and Get a Fresh Perspective

Being injured can even give you an opportunity to look at things differently. Having more time on your hands could be seen as a negative, but it also gives you time to reflect on what you want. You can revisit goals you have set for yourself and get a fresh perspective on where you’re going. You could even motivate yourself to pursue other things outside of sport. It can be a good chance to work on the psychological aspect of being an athlete and get into the right mindset.

Being injured is hard to deal with but you can find the positives while you recover. There are other things to focus on and ways to reach your goals.

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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