Tips for the Injured Athlete

Injury tips
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When fitness and sports are a big part of your life, getting injured can be devastating. Having to take a step back from the sport or activity that you love, well, adds insult to injury. So how you can get through this difficult period until you heal and can go back to your sport? Here are some tips from people who have been there before many times.

Stay in the Loop

One of the most difficult things about being injured is feeling like you suddenly no longer have a place in the social circles of your sports team. But just because you’re injured doesn’t mean your teammates and friends love you any less. So keep up with them as you heal, whether that means going to practices to watch or just going out for a beer after.

Do What You Can

It can be easy to worry about getting out of shape when you’re injured and can’t fully work out. But your body will bounce back quickly. To make it easier, do what exercise you can in the meantime. For example, if your leg is broken, do upper bodywork. Staying active will help keep your mood elevated.

Take it Slow

One of the worst things is trying to come back from an injury too early and getting hurt again. So wait until you’re totally cleared and sure you’re healed before you get back out there.