Coping with injury: How to turn a minor setback into a major comeback


Hello I’m Lindsay Woodford sport and exercise
psychologist at The Sporting Mindset. This weeks Sporting Mindset Workout is injury;
how to turn a minor setback into a major comeback. So being injured is part and parcel of being
an athlete, I know I’ve been there myself and it is really tough. But how we react to
it emotionally and psychologically can have huge implications for our wellbeing, the rehabilitation
process and our recovery. So how can we turn a potentially debilitating experience into
an opportunity for growth and development? Here are my top three tips for how to turn
a minor setback into a major comeback. Number one is to understand your injury. Now there
are a couple of reasons for this, firstly if we really understand our injury we are
much more likely to set progressive and realistic rehabilitation goals. Secondly, take the time
to understand why you got injured. Was it a freak accident? Did you overtrain? Do you
have a physical weakness or poor technique? Reflecting on why you got injured can be really
important as it can help protect you against future injuries and can actually help you
improve athletic performance. Number two acknowledge your feelings. It’s perfectly normal to feel
sad, angry, frustrated, disappointed. But it’s really important to talk about how you
feel if you have friends and family that you can talk to they can be an invaluable source
of support during this time. And if you don’t have anyone you can talk to writing those
feelings down can also be really cathartic. When I work with injured athletes the majority
of our time is spent talking about how they feel about their injury and helping them see
it in a more positive light. Number three is to enjoy the journey back to fitness as
athletes it’s really easy to become completely absorbed in our training, so much so that
we often forget about other aspects of life. Take this opportunity to spend a bit more
time with friends and family or to take part in activities that you wouldn’t usually do.
For example when I get injured I take it as an opportunity to have a guilt free spa day
with my girlfriends. So those are my top three tips, if you have any questions then please
leave a comment down below or you can tweet me @sportingmindset. If you think that sport
psychology could help you improve your performance then please get in touch with me my website
is the sportingmindset.com I have lots of details about how I work on there and costs.
I also work via Skype and phone so if you don’t live nearby that’s not a problem at
all. If you have got an injury at the moment I am sending you loads of positive thoughts
and I look forward to hearing about your major comeback very soon. Thank you, bye

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