Step one in the sports injury recovery process; concussions and other injuries
Steps to recovery from an injury, specifically a concussion
The psychological issues of sport injury and rehabilitation need to take in a number of the factors mentioned in the previous blog post. Specifically a few issues that stand out as part of a concussion are the fear of long-term disability, anticipation of re-injury, poor concentration and poor readiness due to the preoccupation of their fear around re-injury or long-term disability. There is also the fear of failure and the need to win approval by their peers, coaches and fans. It is often considered more respectful if an athlete comes back from an injury sooner rather than later. As a result of the psychological issues a number of steps can be taken to help with the recovery. In this blog post I am going to look at one of them and in future parts continue to look at the rest.
1. Goal setting is an important aspect to start with, while a set time line is not known for concussions, setting goals can still help give the athlete some direction to follow, that can help with rehabilitation as well as once they have returned. This is important not just for concussions but all injuries. Having a plan provides an athlete with the feeling of gaining some control over an otherwise uncontrollable aspect of sports. It gives them something to focus on, something to strive towards and allows them to feel like an active participant in the recovery process.
Athletes like to have game plans and directions. One of the things that attracts certain people to sports is the structure and feeling of improvement and advancement in certain skill sets. When an injury occurs it is important to find a way for the athlete to still have some aspects of what brought them to the sport in the first place.
Within goal setting it is important to have both result based and processed base goals. There is an end destination that the athlete wants but especially during an injury process goals need to be established so that they feel they are gaining some ground and keeps them motivated along the path to recovery. This is also important for once the athlete returns to playing again, there is usually an adjustment period and creating goals during this period is very important to help reduce the frustration that comes along with getting back into playing.
Whether you are recovering from an injury or not, it is important to have goals. Try and take a few minutes now and write out some goals that are results based, and then create goals that are apart of the process to achieve the result based goals.
Along with goal setting another important aspect of injury recovery is establishing or reestablishing your confidence in yourself and your body. The video below is the first of a series of videos on how to building confidence.