If being active is an important part of your life, chances are that an injury–even a minor one–will take more than a physical toll. Suddenly being unable to do what you love or rely on can lead to depression, anger, and even hopelessness. But you can emerge from this situation a more powerful, better-rounded athlete. Here’s how:
Treat Your PT like a Trainer
It can be easy to go into physical therapy sessions with a “sick patient” mindset. Try revising that narrative, casting yourself as an athlete and your physical therapist as a trainer. If they recommend exercises you can do safely along, attack them with gusto, even if they don’t at first seem like the adrenaline rush you’re used to. For example, dominate at aqua aerobics, or become a Tai Chi master. Set out to be amazing at the things that help you recover, and not only will you feel more motivated, you’ll be more prepared to do these exercises effectively if you’re injured in the future.
Use This Opportunity to Develop Other Muscles
This could be your chance to really work on your core! Recovery can be a great time to build up muscles that will make you more efficient and stronger once you heal. Make sure your consult your PT to determine which muscle groups are safe to work on, and how to build them up without disturbing your injury.
Chances are that if you’re into being active, you know a thing or two about good nutrition. Recovery is a great time to amp up your culinary prowess, and to learn about new ingredients or ways to prepare them. Consider working with a nutritionist as part of your PT program. A nutritionist can help you figure out how to balance food groups throughout and post recovery.
Are you ready to dive in and get to work recovering from an injury? Request an appointment with our professionals today!