How to Deal with an Injury

18 Jan

Regardless of the sport or the level at which it’s played, the risk of injury exists for every athlete.  The question is, what do you do once you’re injured (and, is it worth the risk to play with an injury)?  Here are some suggestions to help you deal with an injury:

  • Don’t hide your injury.  Covering up an injury to avoid missing playing time is not smart.
  • Don’t let a coach tell you to “tough it out.”  You know your body better than your coach.  Get a second opinion from an athletic trainer or family physician.
  • Check your ego.  Just because athletes are trained to be tough doesn’t mean you can’t admit when you’re injured.
  • Let someone know about your injury — a coach, trainer, and/or parent.
  • Take your time.  Injuries take time to heal.  If you try to come back before you are adequately recovered, you may risk an even worse injury.
  • Practice injury prevention.  Perform proper warm-up and cool-down routines; incorporate strength training and stretching; hydrate adequately; and stay active during your off-season.

It’s always important to take precaution when you have an injury.  Don’t risk your athletic career by improperly acknowledging and dealing with an injury.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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