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Emotionally Recovering from a Sports Injury

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Injuries are not just physical, but also psychological. Everyone deals with injuries in their own way, usually varying in emotions from denial, sadness, and anger. It’s difficult being healthy one day, and restricted the next, it can truly cause a lot of uncertainty and stress. Try reading these tips to help you cope with your injury.

What Happened?

Your injury is specific to you, people may tell you what to expect or how to feel but only you know exactly how you feel. Uncertainty plays a large role with injuries it is best to think back as to what caused the injury and ask yourself questions that will help you feel better by knowing the answers. You should ask yourself the following questions which your physiotherapist or treating health care professional can help you answer:

  • What caused this?
  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What is the treatment plan?
  • How long will it take to recover?
  • What are things I can do while I recover?


Allow yourself to feel however you do about the situation, whether it be sad, angry or shocked. It is important that you allow yourself some grieving time to move forward with the healing process. Once you’ve had some time to grieve about the situation, start thinking positively. Find positive aspects of your life or even the injury to help you move on from the injury. Your injury may have changed a few things but it has also given you the opportunity to explore new opportunities for example finally learning how to cook, or getting the chance to start the blog you’ve always been meaning to.

Be Patient

You may have been missing a game or two or an event while injured but do not rush the healing process. As much as you want to get back out there and join the team it is best you take your recovery seriously and one day at a time as pushing yourself too hard can cause more serious permanent damage.


Your physiotherapist or health care professional will recommend a specific treatment plan for your injury, following the treatment plan exactly as instructed is the greatest way to ensure a good recovery. Setting personal goals is a great way to help the recover process, but when you do set them make sure that they are SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time based). Start off your goal setting small, and working your way up to achieving them slowly.

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