Canadians love spending time outside and living active lives. A large percentage of the country’s population actively participates in various sporting activities. This is why sports injuries are quite common in the country. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reported over 17,000 sports-related injuries in just 2017!
Most sports injuries heal completely over time, though. However, they can incapacitate the person for quite a while. This means hours of bed rest to ensure quick and effective healing.
While most people love a chance to stay in bed, athletes do not thrive on a sedentary lifestyle. If injured, athletes stress over their loss of fitness and are at a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression.
Here are some strategies that can help runners cope with being sidelined due to injury:
Have an auxiliary physical activity
Professional athletes are recommended to have a second physical activity in case of an injury. Having an alternative physical outlet eases concerns about returning to normal, while allowing athletes to stay in shape.
For example, if a runner gets injured, it doesn’t mean they have to stay in bed while the injury heals. They can participate in activities such as strength training and lifting weights, which encourage the body to stay fit while helping lift the emotional burden of being sidelined.
Stay Involved and connected
Just because you can practice and train with your fellow athletes due to an injury doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself completely off. Staying in touch and visiting the training sessions regularly even when you can’t participate.
This will get rid of feelings of isolation and prevent feelings of depression and performance anxiety.
Get Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be highly beneficial for treating sports-related injuries. Not only does it help release oxytocin and endorphins which can have amazing relaxing and mood-boosting properties, but it can also loosen the muscles, allowing for better blood flow and rapid healing.
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