How to Bounce Back: Tips For Athletes Rehabbing a Sports Injury

You’re built to run and play, to compete with your teammates, and to train in the pursuit of your goals. You’re not built to lay around and rest. But with your recent elbow injury, that’s about all you can do. Your injury has put you out of commission until further notice.

But that’s no excuse to take your eyes off the prize. While you might not be able to play or train with your teammates while you're injured, that doesn’t mean you can’t come back stronger than before.

In fact, the physical and mental demands of an injury can be a blessing in disguise and help you take your game to the next level. Follow the six tips below, and you’ll be back on the field before you know it.

 

6 Tips to Speed & Smooth the Recovery Process

 

Get Accurately Diagnosed

The first step in any recovery process is to get an accurate diagnosis. Before you can rehab an injury, you need to know what you’re dealing with. While we tend to look at doctors like they're perfect and incapable of making mistakes, that’s just not the case. Don’t be afraid to get a second or even third opinion. Do whatever it takes to get the right diagnosis. Coming back from an injury is tough enough. But when you have an incorrect diagnosis it can derail the recovery process and keep you on the sidelines longer than you anticipated.

Do Your Research

Once you know the nature of your injury, it’s important to put in the work to understand it. Comprehending the ins and outs of your injury is critical to overcoming the ailment and coming back stronger than ever. Make sure you come ready with questions to ask your doctor.  Be curious. Remember when it comes to something like this, there are no dumb questions.When you get home, take the time to do some Googling. See what other people’s experience with your injury was like. Most of the time, you’ll pick up some useful tips to accelerate the recovery process.

Be Patient

Being patient might seem like it’s the easiest thing to do in the world. But oftentimes, it’s the hardest thing to do. In sports, we’re taught to work hard. We love to train and strive towards goals. We want to do everything in our power to get better and help the team.

But if you’re coming off an injury, you need to give yourself time to heal. Before you resume your training, make sure you’re fully healedCutting corners and starting the rehab process too soon is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Be patient, getting a head start on your physical therapy isn’t worth the risk of re-injury.

Use Supervision

It might be tempting to go off on your own and create your own custom rehab plan, but no amount of research can take the place of a medical professional. It’s important to work with your doctor to outline a recovery and rehab program. And if your team has a trainer or physical therapist on staff, take advantage of their wisdom and expertise.By working with your doctor and team professionals, you can ensure your rehab process goes as smoothly, safely, and quickly as possible.

Take It Slow

As an athlete, we’re competitors by nature. We like to compete on the field, and we like to compete with ourselves off of it. This is a great trait to have, but when it comes to recovering from an injury, your competitiveness can be your worst enemy. When you get the green light to start your active recovery process, you’re going to want to go all out. You’re going to want to go full speed ahead, seven days a week. But it’s imperative you take it slow, and ramp up your workload progressively to keep you from suffering any setbacks. 

Don’t Give Up

Recovering from an injury can be a very frustrating process. When you don’t see the results you want right away, it can be easy to give up and throw in the towel. But the road to recovery is a long one. If you want to bounce back stronger than ever, you need to give consistent and persistent effort over the long haul. Getting discouraged is natural, but you want to fight the notion and stick to the game plan.  

Getting injured is not pleasant. And the journey back to full health can be a long and tough one. But follow the above tips, and the journey will be smooth as butter.  


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