Giving Up? That’s Not an Option: Sports Injury Recovery


Giving Up? That’s Not an Option: Sports Injury Recovery
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Have you had a serious injury hold you back from playing the sport you love? If so, don’t give up. Take everyday to work towards healing and recovering. Mentally prepare to go to work on yourself. This will be tough, it will take time, but it can be done.

We support athletes with injuries and offer any support we can to encourage them, and keep hope that they will compete again. Whether you have experiences a torn growing, quad, or hamstring. Or the more severe, like ACL, Back, or neck injuries we know you can accomplish your goals if you set them, and stick to them.

 

What You Can Expect Mentally as an Injured Athlete:

Athletes will often put on a brave face, and show they are tough when in a crowd, or with friends. However, as an athlete you will likely experience a wave of emotions that could surprise you. Some of these emotions include:

  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Regret
  • Heartache
  • Sense of Failure
  • Feeling like your broken
  • Feeling Like You Will Never Recover

All of these emotions sounds pretty horrible, but you will experience them. No matter how much you try to ignore them you will feel them. In this case it is important that players and parents know these are possibilities and everyone needs to be on board to tackle them.

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Steps to Take If You Have a Serious Sports Injury:

If you have experienced a sports injury that requires medical attention or surgery, it will be imperative to follow these steps:

1. Get an Experienced Doctor Who Treats Athletes

Doctors who have treated athletes will know that short recovery time is very important to you and that your not like a normal patient. You will be extremely active after recovery and need a solution that will get you as strong as possible.

2. Find a Physical Therapist Who Specializes in Athletes

Some physical therapists will specialise or become experts in athlete recovery. If you do need surgery for something like an ACL tear it is extremely important you have a pre-surgery plan with your physical therapist so that you can start therapy as soon as your surgery has been completed or at the soonest possible day to start. This will speed up recovery and make sure you start healing and treating immediately.

3. Focus on Nutrition

You may roll your eyes and think what does nutrition have to do with injuries, but you would be surprised. It is extremely important that you focus on clean eating and getting as many nutrients as your body needs to help recover fast. Consider taking high doses of fish oil for fast recovery, but make sure to consult your doctor prior.

 

Hopefully these suggestions and encouragements help you or your athlete overcome their injuries and get back to competition. If you have a story about an injury please share it below in our comments. We would love to share and inspire others with your story!

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins