We spoke to sports therapist Luke Kavallares about how to stay motivated after a sports injury.
I won’t lie to you, it’s not easy being injured. Besides the physical pain and discomfort, one of the biggest problems faced is being able to stay motivated during your road to recovery.
It can be frustrating and it will be tough but you can do it! Here are a few tips on how to keep motivation levels high, making sure you’re back stronger and fitter than ever in no time.
Give yourself something to work towards. Set achievable, realistic goals but don’t go too easy on yourself!
Make them challenging but attainable. Work with a physiotherapist to plan out your comeback, setting short-term and long-term goals to help guide your recovery. Ticking off those goals will give you a great sense of achievement and boost your motivation!
One of the big problems faced when injured is the dreaded FOMO. We get it, sport is your life, your teammates are family and now everything has changed.
Don’t distance yourself from your teammates; get involved in as much as you can! Whether it’s getting stuck into coaching, helping out with the kit, going to social events. You’ll be back out on the pitch with them in no time!
A really great way to keep motivated is to document your road to recovery.
Keep track of your progress and prove to yourself just how far you’ve come since the injury first reared its ugly head.
There’s no better way to do this than through social media. Write a recovery blog, post rehab videos and progress pics on Instagram, show the world that you’re putting the work in and getting ready for your big comeback. You’ll receive tons of support and help to motivate and educate others who are in a similar situation.
Just because you’re injured it doesn’t mean that you have to become a couch potato.
Just change it up a bit. If you’ve hurt your shoulder, get in the gym and train your legs. Sprained ankle? Build those biceps.
Try a new activity or sport that lets you move and have fun without aggravating your problem. Swimming is a great low-intensity exercise that can be useful when injured, or maybe give yoga a try? Be proactive and don’t be lazy.
It’s going to be a tough journey and there may be times where you want to give up so give yourself some incentive to work hard and reap the rewards!
Every time you hit a goal or target, see progress or genuinely feel like you’ve achieved something in your rehab, treat yourself.
An injury can seem like a massive setback in your training, sport or even life itself, but don’t look at it that way.
See this as an opportunity to improve, the chance to get stronger, fitter, better at what you do. Learn the ins and outs of your injury, become an expert and really enjoy seeing yourself progress. Challenge yourself and see what your body is capable of. Rehab is all about seeing what you can’t do and working hard to change that, but also seeing what you are capable of and getting even better at it.
Stay focused, work hard, and enjoy the process!