14 Ways to Overcome Injuries & Setbacks

14 Ways to Overcome Injuries and Setbacks

  1. Pick up an old or a new hobby.  Something that is not related to your sport or training.  This may be something you’ve put in the backseat for awhile or a brand new hobby.
  2. Make relationships with others who are rehabbing or having the same type of setback.
  3. Find a way to share what you have learned by going through this pain, suffering or change. Before you know it, you’ll be helping someone else, and this will help you.
  4. Cry, throw a tantrum and be upset.  Let it out, especially to your support team. Although I know you are thinking “no one will ever understand”… you are not in this alone. It is imperative that you voice your emotions as part of dealing with your injury or sickness.
  5.  Seek care and treatment. Obviously.  Even when you feel so over it, never stop finding a way to improve your day-to-day condition.
  6. Find a new stress-release. Often times, fitness is where we blow off steam. You have to find something else that restores and rejuvinates you. Pray, yoga, meditate, read, spend time in in nature or make music.
  7. Get phsyically good at something else. Become the strongest bicep-curler ever.  Set new PRs on that arm bike.  Learn how to improve your swimming stroke.
  8. Make goals. I don’t care how small they are. Increase your range of motion, put all the foam pieces in the bin before you leave therapy (those who have sprained and ankle or any muscles in their foot, know what I am talking about).
  9. Spend more time doing something else you are good at or passionate about.  You’re a great cook…cook more.  You’re a great host, plan a few parties.  You’re really great at photography, start a side business.  You get it. You need to continue to do things that bring you positive feedback and self-confidence.
  10. Don’t compare yourself to your old self or everone around you.  You are you, today.  A person who is fully capable of doing what you can, right now, to maintain or improve your condition
  11. Write things down (therapy appts, workouts, thoughts, etc.), so that you can see, feel and reflect on your growth, both physically and mentally.
  12. Search for success stories. Not horror stories. Find other people who have gone through similar predicaments and overcame or found the silver lining.  Don’t get sucked into those no-good, negative and depressing forums (you know what I mean).
  13. Hire a coach. Someone who can work with you on creating and monitoring goals and redifining your mission. This person will encourage you grow and improve physically and mentally.
  14. Prioritize being positive and focusing on what you can control. I can’t say this enough. Dial in your nutrition, sleep, hydration and relationships. These are the most important aspect of your health anyway, and you will enjoy having control of these factors. We all know injury and other setbacks are not things we have a lot of control over.

3 Things You May Need To Replace 

1. Sense of Identity  – It may be hard to sit on the sidelines or watch other people do the things you used to be able to. You have to find a new identity that is not just as an athlete or fitness-junkie. There is more to you than that, embrace it.

2. Source of Positive Self-Esteem – Fitness and sport make us feel great. We often have feelings of confidence and positivity when we are finished with training, a game or competition. You need to spend time doing things that give you positive feedback.

3. Source of Stress-Relief – You’re more stressed because of the predicament you are in and all of the uncontrollable things that have happened to you. Also, since you can’t work out like you want to, you don’t have your normal outlet. You have to find another way to relieve your stress and rejuvinate.
  • Imagine being at your best physical condition ever.  You’re training for an upcoming race and then find out you have a brain tumor. Three days later you are in surgery, then unable to walk, write your name or even get out of bed. Now imagine, 6 months later, returning to training, back at the most basic movement patterns (practicing walking, sitting and simply raising your arms), in a CrossFit Gym where others are doing far more advanced workouts.  Read Ted’s Story HERE 

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