It’s heart shattering for athletes isn’t it?
Having been through a severed achilles that sidelined me for the better part of a year, I know exactly how it feels.
I was speaking to one of my clients the other day who was playing through injury. He’s a tennis player and has a rotator cuff injury from overuse.
He’s had to cut back on playing significantly, however, he is playing in a tournament this weekend.
My question was: “Why are you still playing?”
He had done a camp the week before and played 35 hours of tennis. 35 HOURS with an injured rotator cuff. Um hello?
This is a kid who pushes himself to the extremes.
He told me a story where he had sprained not just one but both ankles on the court and refused to get off even though he was injured. An official begged him to get off, saying he’d happily refund him his money.
I was laughing so hard as he told me this story because I could just picture it.
We had a conversation around managing himself. About strategies to deal with the pain when it does come when he’s on the court in a match. To stop. To listen to his body. To give it the time it needs to heal.
I taught him how to do healing imagery to help his shoulder.
I reminded him of his breath, his court rituals and that he’s got this.
Sometimes that’s all you need isn’t it?
Someone to hear you, give you some strategies if needed and to believe in you.
How do you handle injury?