No matter the endless highs in sport, there are always going to be the inevitable lows in which the majority of us will be unfortunate enough to experience. One of the most common and frustrating setbacks most of us will encounter through doing sport is injuries. Being an athlete, injuries are a aspect in which most people have had to/will deal with at some point, and especially during the peak of the season where a lot of the time an injury generally means an extensive length of time off from doing the one thing we love, is when an inconvenient setback is especially frustrating.
I for sure have had my fair share of injuries over my time, ranging from Osgood-Schlatters disease in my knees, permanent hip pain, various torn muscles and sprained ankles, each one being extremely unique however all just as frustrating. Around two months ago I experienced a major injury in my heel, causing severe bone bruising, resulting in me being in a boot and out of training for four weeks. This was extremely frustrating as I was due to compete in a major British competition down in London six weeks after the injury. When I eventually accepted the fact I was injured and took a visit to the Doctors, I was adamant that it was only minor and I would be back running in a week or so, however that was not the case and I wasn’t able to run for four weeks in the imminent run up to the competition. Despite the severity of my injury, I was still determined to go down and compete, so I spent my time while I was injured clocking up a large amount of miles in the pool, due to swimming being the only training I was able to do (ironically it was by swimming that I injured myself) to try and keep myself as fit as possible while I was recovering. Unfortunately, regardless of the long hours spent in the pool day in day out, it just wasn’t enough, and I had to pull out of the competition I had built myself up to many months before. Pulling up on the second lap of the 1600m run was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, however in hindsight, I have realised it was for the better and there will always be other days.
Each injury has been completely different, however they have all been just as frustrating as the other and they have all taught me the same three lessons. The first being accepting the situation. My mum always says ‘hope for the best but prepare for the worst’ which is one of the most important things I have remembered as staying positive throughout an injury is key, however determination and resilience is necessary to be able to adapt plans and cope with setbacks that you may face. Another key thing I have learnt is listening to my body. Time and time again, I have returned to training too soon after an injury however it has just caused additional, and more complicated problems which were preventable making them even more frustrating. This leads me into the final lesson I have learnt which is to be patient. No matter how difficult and frustrating things may be, there is always a way to get better if you have the determination, drive and the correct mindset to stay focussed on goals and targets to help you return to your best.
Whilst recovering from an injury, having good motivation, determination and resilience is vital as they all work hand in hand to ensure you have the correct mindset to return to training and keep working towards your goals.
Once you are back on track to training again it is vitally important to not rush back into it, and instead take it slow to gradually build up fitness and strength again. I for sure know how frustrating it is to see people who you were previously training with and competing against lapping you at training and racing incredible races and smashing PB’s every weekend. However, patience is key when regaining fitness and if you make a solid plan and have the determination to stick to it you will improve again and will come back stronger than ever.
Don’t dwell on the bad days, strive for the good days and keep chasing your dreams.
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