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Getting Past the Physical and Psychological Pain of a Sports Injury

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It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become skilled in any sport. Whether it’s something you did recreationally or professionally, it’s a great method of exercise, a way to reduce stress, and a great self-esteem builder. So, when you’ve suddenly been injured to the extent that you’re unable to do what you enjoy, it can be a real buzz-kill.

 

Sports injuries, whether temporary or permanent do more than cause physical pain. They can have a psychological impact while also altering every aspect of your life until you’ve recovered.

 

Unable to work, perform regular activities, or play sports for weeks or months at a time eats away at you. While some are able to cope others turn to harmful substances and reckless behaviors which only make matters worse. They often need to enroll in alcohol detox treatment toturn things around.

 

How can you prevent such negative things from occurring in your life? Though each person is different, below are a few coping mechanisms to help you get by:

 

Follow Doctor’s Orders

 

Seeking medical treatment while recovering from a sports injury is necessary to your recovery. Your doctor works with you to come up with a customized plan of treatment. Whether that means bed rest, medications, surgeries, or physical therapy, these are all professional recommendations that help you to heal faster.

 

When visiting your doctor it is important to listen to what they advise. If you don’t agree, need more information, or would like options, express this to your doctor but by no means should you neglect your own care. If prescribed medications, be sure to use them as instructed. Taking more than required can result in serious side effects and/or addiction. Not taking medication, however, stunts your recovery.

 

Keep Stress to a Minimum

 

This one might seem impossible with everything that’s going on but keeping stress to a minimum right now is imperative to your recovery. Stress intensifies physical pain and exacerbates emotional struggles. To relieve stress you can try meditation, reading positive materials, journaling, or spending time with loved ones.

 

Other ways to relieve stress in your life is to try to get things organized. Contact bill collectors and work out a suitable payment arrangement, set up a room for yourself on the first floor so you have easy access to get around, ask family members to pitch in with household duties or parenting tasks, and have a talk with your loved ones about your need for support.

 

Find Other Ways to Enjoy Your Sport

 

You may be on the bench right now but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some way to participate in the sport you love. You can work with the coach to help with plays, cheer your teammates on from the stands, watch sports on television, or even get a video game and play the sport from your couch.

 

Talk to Someone

 

If trying to get past the psychological pain of a sports injury on your own isn’t working, perhaps it’s time to talk to a professional. A therapist will work with you to sort through your emotions, identify triggers, develop a new normal, and cope with reality. If not a therapist, a support group is also a great recommendation. In these groups, there are like-minded individuals going through similar situations as you. They can share their stories so you can learn from their experiences, give advice, and provide emotional support as you get by.

 

Eat Right

 

The mind and body are intertwined. One method of healing both is through diet and nutrition. When you’re fueling up on foods thatincrease inflammation or that have limited vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, it slows recovery and increases pain. However, eating a diet rich in clean fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins (especially protein ) feeds your body what it needs for faster healing.

 

Exercise

 

You should never start physical activity without permission from your doctor, however, when given the go-ahead, create a routine. Start with low-impact exercises like walking or swimming, and slowly work your way back up to your full fitness routine. This helps to rebuild your muscles and bones which speeds up healing. Not to mention, exercising is a great stress-reliever as it reduces stress hormones.

 

Though you try to prevent it at all costs, you realize there’s always a potential that you could get hurt when playing sports. Yet, it’s a risk you’re willing to take for something that brings you such joy. When it actually happens, however, and it alters your life, being injured takes both a physical and psychological toll on you. Don’t resort to harmful substances and risky behaviors to get over the pain of it all. Instead, employ the tips listed above and give it time.

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