Injuries suck. They take you away from the sport you love doing the most. Most of us tend to wallow in self-misery during such instances, so much so that we tend to overlook the two most obvious things required for us to get back on our feet - our physical and mental readiness.
Both attributes need addressing to reduce time on the sidelines. The physical component includes the body’s recovery and readiness to resume training while the mental element involves striking a balance between aggression and prudence as you push through workouts after injury. In short, a recovery plan is needed if you intend to bounce back better and stronger.
Plan what goes into your rehab sessions
Being smart about workouts is critical during the initial weeks to make sure that the body is ready for movement. Exercises that work on strength, flexibility and mobility are essential for facilitating recovery and ensuring that the rest of the body doesn’t end up lapsing into compensatory movement patterns and causing strains elsewhere.
Speak to your physiotherapist and doctor to help plan your recovery programme. Invest in a foam roller to help with active therapy. Going in with a plan on how to take care of yourself during this crucial phase will help keep you motivated, disciplined and focused as you resume training.
Stop what hurts immediately
Don’t push it when it comes to your injury. If your ankle is injured, be conservative when it comes to lower-body exercises. Placing excessive tension on to an injured area will only prolong the recovery process. Slight discomfort is to be expected but if you feel pain, then that’s your sign to either back off or stop entirely.
Remain patient and be optimistic
Depending on your age and nature of the injury, full recovery can take longer than expected. Get into the swing of things and invest in the process instead of getting frustrated at how you’re not progressing as well or as fast as you’d like to. Make sure that you are honest about how you feel and how well you’re moving – this is NOT the time to lie to yourself.
None of us ever wishes to be injured but the risk will always be there; what is designed to make us stronger or faster can also hurt us if we’re not careful. Take your time when it comes to planning your comeback – it’s a great opportunity to learn more about your body, so make the most of it!