Injuries in sports

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Injuries in Sports-

Lets talk about Injuries in your training and competitions. We see a lot of injuries; unfortunately it’s the nature of the beast. You train hard and train with other people or put your body on the line in competition then you will eventually face an injury.

I didn’t want to get into the details of how to look after yourself and rehabilitate an injury. I wanted to focus more on some thoughts and observations from personal experience and experience of our fighters and others.

Question of the day..How do you mentally deal with an injury?

Sometimes you see people just mentally give in quickly, they decide that everything is over and the usual question you hear from those people are ‘why bother?’. If you are going to be successful in achieving your goals, this thought will be the end of that goal, this thought leads to a negative action which in most cases is a ‘I QUIT’ or ‘I will take time off now’ which may be a permanent or long term thing.

Something I always remind myself or other athletes during injuries is that you cannot let the injury become a tragedy or burden, consider it a gift if you can. The easiest way to do this is focus on something you are physically or mentally weaker at that you can do. Like for example, one of our fighters injured his arm in training, he didn’t give it up, we just refocused his training into other areas such as footwork and kicking. Personally, I went through a shoulder reconstruction and was immobilized for almost 8 weeks and spent 6 months in rehabilitation, I used that time to practiced isolated movements, watched a ton of fights and studied other fighters., I believe that time actually helped me improved because it forced me to do things I wouldn’t spend as much time on. So there are plenty of options when you look at what you can do when faced with an injury.

It does get frustrating having an injury as most injuries can take weeks if not months to heal and then you have to deal with the mental side of returning to  training or competition and that niggling thought of reinjury along with other performance doubts in your mind.

At the end of the day an injury is more mentally challenging than physically. Lets run through some ideas that might help you overcome the injury and create an opportunistic situation rather than a defeating one.

-As soon as the injury happens, seek professional medical advice and understand the injury, the limitations, how to rehabilitate, any questions that relate to your injury and training. ALWAYS try and find a professional who is known for treating athletes and sports people. They will tell you the truth and understand your desperation to get back into your training.

-Now that you understand the injury, What can you do to continue achieving your goals? Can you achieve your goals? Will you have to shift your goals? All very self analytical questions and this is really the moment where you need to focus and determine how bad you want to achieve your goals.

-Once you have developed a bit of a mental map of your situation then its time to get refocused and back in action. Don’t be that guy that pushes the boundaries of the injury and forgets the medical treatments or medical advice. You want to come back as quick as possible, not reinjure yourself and be out longer.

-Stick to the plan and make sure you understand that the injury can be a gift and something you can create improvement out of.

-Once the injury is healed then slowly start to raise the bar in your training, increments not massive leaps will ensure true progress and less chance of reinjury.

-NOW. The real tricky part of any injury rehabilitation process. Working around self-doubts, fear of re-injury and other negative emotions. If you follow the above steps and surround yourself with a great team and support network and mentally understand your injury and injury process then this will be much easier to overcome. This performance psychology subject is much more complex than we can discuss in this blog, however, remember that you control your emotions and performance.

You know your body and how far you can push yourself, so always aim high and try to remove this doubt, however your body will be the real indicator if you are pushing too far.

I spoke to Jonathon Lagrange (Our team Physiotherapist ) today and he mentioned that he will be writing a new blog over the next week or so which will be a great read from a physiotherapist that has trained in martial arts throughout his life and treats professional fighters. If you have an injury or would like to come in for a consultation, send us and email! Don’t forget, our members get discounts for the team physio as well! ????


Coach David

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