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A Step by Step Guide to Recover from a Sports Injury

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As a professional athlete, you must always be prepared to deal with injuries. All sports are challenging and risky, and injuries are almost inevitable. As such, you need to prepare yourself mentally and physically, so you can properly deal with the injury when the situation arises. So, whether you have sustained a recent injury, or you simply want to be prepared for the possibility of such an unfortunate event, the following guide will teach you everything that you must do to properly recover.

Step 1: Fast care

Any sports injury needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. When injuries occur, the body has a natural inflammation reaction. Applying ice and compressions immediately after the injury will control this reaction, limiting the swelling. This simple tip can shave days of your recovery process, so make sure you are always prepared. If you don’t have a physician present during games and training sessions, there are special kits for athletes that include icy compressions, specifically designed for sports injuries.

Step 2: Find a good recovery therapist

Physical therapy is essential for the quick recovery of a sports injury. The therapy involves stretches and special exercises that will improve your strength and your range of movement, helping the body recover faster. The best therapists also use special functional movement techniques in order to prevent future injuries. In most cases, injuries occur due to a physical weakness, so it pays to work with a good therapist that can identify your body’s weaknesses and put together solid strength and conditioning plan. We personally recommend the experts from MOTUS, as their approach to physical therapy combines knowledge of sports, movement and science to analyze the biomechanics of movement and help athletes perform at their full potential.

Step 3: Rest

No matter how much you are itching to get back in the game, try to be patient and allow your body to recover in its own time. Listen to your therapist’s recommendations and only stick with the exercises recommended by them. Your body is under a lot of stress, trying to heal the injury, and as hard as it may be, the best thing that you can do to speed up the healing process is to be patient and rest.

Step 4: Stay positive

Recovering from a sports injury is not just a physical process. Most athletes deal with a lot of stress during the recovery period, as they don’t know if they will be able to perform at their full potential again. Many athletes can even fall into chronic depression during the recovery time, especially when it comes to serious injuries. So, don’t neglect your emotional well-being during these tough times.  Ask for support from your friends and family, try to be socially active, and to build the right mindset for recovery. The mind can be a powerful healing factor, and if you manage to remain positive, you might actually be able to speed up the recovery process.

Step 5: Regain endurance

During the recovery period, your therapist will recommend a set of alternative exercises that should help you stay fit, without putting any stress on your injury. However, even if you stay active, your endurance will suffer as your workouts will be limited, in order to let your body rest. To regain endurance, focus on activities that don’t put a lot of stress on your bones and joints. Swimming, rowing and biking are usually the best ways to maintain and regain your endurance after a sports injury.

Step 5: Work on your confidence

Feeling physically week can severely affect an athlete’s confidence. Moreover, most athletes tend to see injuries like failures. However, it is important to see the injury as a minor setback and to understand that you will regain your strength and you will be able to perform at full potential once again. Don’t get back into the game until you regain your confidence, as insecurities can be a weakness that prevents you from performing properly, and could even lead to other injuries.

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