Sometimes, injuries come with serious mental and psychological consequences that can only be understood if you have a basic understanding of human psyche. For an athlete, an injury can be devastating. But that does not mean an athlete will not survive it. Research actually shows that once an injury occurs, athletes are generally to be more pragmatic and motivated, and show an improved ability to deal with stress. They also begin looking at their sport in a very different way.
Many athletes who’ve suffered from injuries have been interviewed by psychoanalysts hoping to find out what makes them tick. When asked about feelings during an injury, athletes have related being frustrated initially about the fact that the injury stopped them from playing, but later they come to a realization: everything happens for the better. This kind of thought process is actually considered healthy because it leads to practical solutions. Perhaps there is something better out there that one is meant to do—a lot of athletes assume managerial positions on teams and find out that was their calling.
People who suffer injuries have to be told that they have to begin looking at life from a different perspective. They need to figure out a way out of negativity— to come out of it and accept their new role in life. They should be encouraged to come up with new ideas about how to make their lives better. Perhaps they can still stay within their favorite sport but work in some other capacity. Once they begin to deal with their negative emotions, success will come their way. Also, they have to learn to deal with how people are going to behave when they go through the change. Other athletes and even parents can become cruel when they see their kids unable to play a game.
Some people may even tease and taunt and learning how to deal with that is an important part of the process of recovery. Therapy and coaching are very important in helping an athlete deal with a new situation. If the injury is something that can be corrected with rehabilitation, then help from the coach becomes even more essential. But coaches should take an understanding approach and make sure they don’t do anything that puts undue pressure on the athlete. Often an injury gets worse if injured players try to practice or play and ignore the problem. That is dangerous. Healing should come from counseling as well as from physical therapy, and from the help of family and friends. Coming back from an injury can create positive new perspectives and opportunities for an athlete. An injury doesn’t have to be an obstacle.
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