Injuries are never fun, prolonged injuries even less so. However, most people/athletes who participate within a sport get injured at some point. It’s rubbish. It plants innumerable seeds of doubt in your head, builds frustration and also often confusion as you try and get as many opinions as possible to fix yourself quicker. Oh how I know about this having suffered now for almost a year (yes, no indoor or outdoor athletics season) with what has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. Fun times. Seriously though, I’d like to focus on the positives of being injured. Perhaps bizarre and slightly ironic given the title and opening, but let’s go with it.
- The fact that there are positives to injuries is a positive in itself surely, it’s not all doom and gloom.
- Injuries enable you to take a step back and reassess. Whether this is for you to realise how you managed to get injured and ensure it doesn’t happen again, or whether it’s a time period in which you reaffirm your love for your sport.
- You have a break. Granted, not a vocational one but we all need one now and then.
- Most injuries you can train around. For example, although I hadn’t set foot on a track since January until recently I was still able to replicate my track sessions through Aqua Jogging and utilising gym equipment. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
- It reignites your hunger for success. By not being able to do what you want to be able to do most, you realise why you put in the work and train at silly hours on a Sunday morning and how much you enjoy it.
- Attention. You get a whole lot of it, from experts such as Physiotherapists, Sports masseurs, Consultants you name it and they often pick up on other niggles you otherwise would’ve been clueless about.
- Whilst meeting all of these people, you often get day trips out of it.
- You get to work on your weaknesses i.e. those core exercises you’ve been neglecting, now you have all the time in the world to do them.
- You’re able to fully appreciate others achievements as inevitably they’ve gone through a patch just as rough as yours.
- It’s a re-set button. Just like that you get to start a fresh, enjoying and appreciating your sport more than you could’ve ever imagined.
I’m not totally mad I know that injuries aren’t all hunky-dory, but I think we also need to appreciate the positives they bring us too, instead of just focusing upon the dark cloud which is associated with them. Rehab = ReFAB??!
Are you currently injured? Have you had any injuries previously? Let me know how you dealt with them/how you’re feeling. I can only relate too well. KW
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