September 22, 2017

Whether you are a pro, a student athlete, or just an enthusiast, no one likes being sidelined. Unfortunately, injuries are a near inevitability in life -- and, in an ironic way, those who take best care of their bodies through physical fitness are also at a special risk. Close to half of all professional football players experience turf toe at some point during their careers, for example. And about one in every ten people on earth suffers from plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives.

 

If and when you are affected by a sports injury, the number one thought on your mind will likely be getting back out there and continuing to pursue your passion. This drive and motivation is admirable, and when channeled effectively it can help you make a better recovery. Here are seven tips that anyone who is recovering from an injury should consider:

 

  • Reduce Stress.Studies have shown that patients who are under significant emotional or psychological stress take roughly 25% longer to make a full recovery. So eliminating stress-causing factors from your life -- and making a deliberate effort to prioritize relaxation -- can help you make a smoother come back.
  • Change Your Diet.A healthy, varied, and nutrient rich diet will give your body the sustenance it needs to heal. Avoid overeating, however, as your decreased physical activity means that you are burning less calories.
  • Find Ways to Stay Active. To continue with the line of thought started in point two: though you are unlikely to maintain your habitual quantity/quality of physical activity during recovery, you should have a conversation with your doctor about which forms of exercise will still be viable during recovery. This will help you stay in good physical shape and make full recovery faster and easier.
  • Catch Some Zs.Sleep plays a significant role in promoting physical rejuvenation and recovery. Just as importantly, it also contributes to emotional health -- which can b especially relevant as you go through the trying experience of physical recovery.
  • Heat, Ice and Compression.These are all effective methods of reducing swelling, pain, and sensitivity. Find the methods that work best for you, and use them regularly in order to continue with your rehabilitation routine even on the difficult days.
  • Return to Full Activity Levels Gradually.In the final weeks/months of recovery, you will likely be anxious to prove to yourself and those around you that things are going well. Taking it slow might be the last thing you want to do -- but it can help ensure that you do not re-injure yourself and set your recovery back big time.
  • Learn From Your Mistakes.Some injuries are caused by unavoidable accidents -- but the majority are due to factors such as overtraining, improper form, or carelessness. If your injury was in any way avoidable, then nowis the time to learn from your mistake and avoid repeating the experience in the future.

 

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