Excuse free recovery for sports

Author: Dan Holloway
March 11th 8:32am

It's easy to make excuses not to do things, especially in the case of sports and recovering from an injury. An injury as a result of sports can dent our confidence both physically and psychologically, as well as getting us out of the habit of training and regularly exercising. If we aren't careful this can become a slippery slope whereby we get an injury, stop training for a while, and therefore find it hard to get back to training, also slowing down our recovery from the original injury.

Let's say you are a keen sports person, dedicated to training at least 5 times a week and suddenly suffer an injury. The recovery time is a few months and then a gradual increase in activity until you are back at the level you were at before the injury. This can have an effect both physically (through the injury) and psychologically (through the recovery and confidence knock as a result of the injury). A positive and thorough recovery is of paramount importance here both to prevent the possibility of the same injury again in the future, and to get you back to playing the sport you love and are so good at. Excuses however, can be a major hindrance to our recovery and as already said, it can be a slippery slope once we start slacking.

Psychologically, an injury can really knock our confidence, especially if the injury occurred doing the sport we love. Even once we have recovered and healed, it can be difficult to get back to the same level we were at before the injury and this is where we need to be really disciplined in our recovery to ensure our body heals as best it can. After a sports injury, physiotherapy is often advised and this is fantastic as it is personal and tailored to suit you and your sport. Through a personalised program, physiotherapy strengthens and stretches any joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons that may have been damaged in the injury in order to increase mobility and reduce the chances of the injury occurring again. Physiotherapy can be challenging and tedious, and this is where excuses can start to kick in as to why we aren't doing the prescribed exercises. We may not feel well that day, or be too busy, but a structured routine of stretching and strengthening is crucial if we wish to return to a fully active lifestyle. Set little goals that are easily achievable and will keep you motivated and slowly build on these until you are fully recovered and ready to slowly get back training.

Injuries are a pain, especially for those who compete or train a lot, but they don't have to be career ending. If physiotherapy is done correctly, the best way to get over the injury is to get back on the field or court and start playing again, slowly building your body back up so that you know how far to push. It is easy to make excuses as to why we don't do the required physio needed for recovery, or why we are hesitant to get back playing the sport we injured ourselves in yet these excuses can hinder the healing process and slow down your recovery time from weeks to months, or months to years. Fully heal, then build back up to playing or training again and don't let excuses get in the way!

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