Picture the scene – you’ve worked so hard to make big gains on your training. You see the amazing progress you are making. The results speak for themselves. Then suddenly……you’ve suffered an injury! It is a common theme in the muscle and fitness arena – the key is how to cope with it and how to become a more confident and resilient individual when you are back to 100%.
I’m not stranger to this. We go through stages during injury of being sad and angry with ourselves which can even lead to some forms of depression.
The key is to move on from this, and plan how best to cope and be a better and stronger person mentally when starting training so soon after an injury. Much of how you feel is in the mind. You only feel pain, if your mind tells you. If you try to block out the pain, stay positive and plan strategies to recover, I guarantee that the pain will hardly be felt. It will ultimately enable you to recover quicker and get yourself back to your best.
Firstly – you need to be honest with yourself and accept the current situation. Be responsible for causing your injury – that’s the hard part, but once out of the way and you have accepted this, you then need to understand where it went wrong in training. What did you do to cause the injury? Be completely open with your doctor / physio – they will do everything to make sure you get back to 100% and advise you on not what you want to know but what you need to know.
Part of the healing process is staying positive and strong – always be available for physio sessions, treatments while always keeping your mind occupied on the strategy for coming back to full fitness.
If you are able to get from A to B during your recovery period, rather than staying at home and feeling low – visit the gym you train at – having your friends, trainers and other colleagues around you can only be a positive thing. What they will all be doing is encouraging you to get back to your best. These are the people that will get you through these difficult times because they have experienced injuries themselves. They know how you feel and they will all be doing their best to keep you part of the group – even if you can’t train.
Make your time during recovery as a positive challenge – compare it to the kind of challenge you’d face during your training – so this is not so much about your performance – it’s all about recovery. Keep a diary, the same you would do during training. Log your improvements day by day – you will feel so much confidence and sence of achievment, that any depression or anger will be thrown out of the window.
And we talk about the recovery – don’t cut any corners – do everything by the book. Whatever your specialists tell you – do it. By cutting corners and trying to recover at a quicker time is both unrealistic and totally irresponsible. Each injury takes time to heal. You may find that due to the kind of injury you have, you may be able to do weight free exercises. Ask your doctor or specialist on their recommendations.
So to recap – keep to these key points and I can guarantee that you will stay positive during your injury setback:
1: Take full advice from your doctor, physio or specialist
2: Accept the situation and focus on getting back to 100%
3: Set yourself realistic goals during your recuperation
4: Log a diary of your daily progress to see the improvements
5: Keep yourself busy – stay in touch with your group in the gym
6: If you can (based on specialist advice), keep active
7: Be positive in attitude, strong in strength, never ever give up and work hard to getting back to the gym at 100%!
Keep the faith!