Injured During A Run? 3 Coping Strategies to Keep You Emotionally Healthy While Recuperating

//Injured During A Run? 3 Coping Strategies to Keep You Emotionally Healthy While Recuperating

Injured During A Run? 3 Coping Strategies to Keep You Emotionally Healthy While Recuperating

By |2019-11-04T12:13:41+00:00November 4th, 2019|Blog|

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.

Contact Our Sports Injury Specialists In Toronto!

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute is the top sports medicine and physiotherapy clinic in Toronto. Our team includes some of the best doctors and physiotherapists in the country. We deliver expert diagnoses and effective non-surgical treatment options for sports injuries and various physical and mental health issues.

Our services include sports massage therapy, shockwave therapy, physiotherapy, and neck and shoulder pain treatments.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment!

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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