This week we will be discussing coping strategies with injuries & rehab, whether you got it on the field, in the gym, or at work, you need to adopt these six attitudes into your programme to start getting results quick.
“You fail 100% of the programmes you don’t complete”
You must remain consistent throughout your rehabilitation programme from the moment you get injured and at the beginning of rehab, to the later stages when you are coming to the end of your plan. We all find in everyday life that sticking to certain tasks can be a real chore and is usually tasks which we find boring, counter intuitive or have lost motivation for. This is no different for injury rehabilitation. You fail 100% of the programmes you don’t complete.
During long rehabilitation processes, it can be challenging to remain confident. Sometimes you’re having trouble getting started, perhaps you feel like you’re not making progress, or maybe you’re uncertain it will even work, and that’s understandable. You must remain confident, in yourself, the process, and in your health professional as confidence brings progress.
Sometimes, we stop vocalising our concerns during rehabilitation for fear of acknowledging poor results and feeling like we’re failing. You must open up and discuss feelings of uncertainty and concerns with your health professional or someone who can help. Opening up the lines of communication builds trust, and will help you both determine what you can do to address your concerns. Speaking with your trainer about your worries will alert them to changes that can be made to tailor your programme to your needs better.
“Look ahead and trust in the process!”
The body is complex, and the road to recovery winding. You will have exhausting days, painful days, and days where you think you’re going backwards instead of forwards. But every day is progress. Look ahead and trust in the process!
One of the main focuses of rehabilitation is progression. From a decrease on the pain scale to improved range of motion, and from capacity to intensity. It is important to set short and long term goals just like you would in your day to day life to mark the progress that you have made. Sometime you will hit your goals, and sometimes you won’t. As long as you are persistent, you will progress.
“Be patient, speak openly, fail often, and don’t stop trying”
Your body is remarkably resilient, and you should be too. With all of the uncertainty surrounding it, rehab can be a scary place. Sometimes you will feel discomfort, stiffness, niggly feelings and pain. These feelings are normal and part for the course. Trust in the process. Continue to move your body and increase your load. In time your strength will return along with your confidence. Be patient, speak openly, fail often, and don’t stop trying. This is what it means to be resilient.
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