LOOKING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
BUILDING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
As an athlete, being out of your sport can be difficult for many reasons. An athlete who is out with a concussion, it can be even more difficult. Since your concussion is not seen by the human eye, the mental challenge involved with sitting out from a game you love, a game that your daily life may revolve around, becomes even more challenging. People who have never suffered a concussion, or may have never been truly educated about the injury, will not understand what you are going through. Remember, just because they don’t understand, doesn’t mean you are alone. You are not alone. Unfortunately, as a result of the lack of knowledge for some people about the injury you may be pressured to return to your sport sooner than if people could see crutches, or a cast on a body part.
Think of this injury as an obstacle to overcome. Get competitive with this injury with regards to setting goals, working hard at your recovery plan, improving your mental game, and returning to your sport better than you were before injury.
- To return to your sport better than you were before. Although you are off the field due to your concussion, you can still work on your game.
- To be disciplined enough to follow doctor’s orders.
- To be strong enough to stay positive with yourself, channeling your inner coach.
- To be confident and patient with respect to your recovery, knowing you will get back out there and you will be better.
- To focus on your goals, mental game, and block out any distractions that may force you back too soon or attempt to knock you down verbally while you are out.
- To get back up if your concussion knocks you back a few steps during recovery.
- To trust yourself and your management team to make the best decisions for you.
Just like physical improvement, being out of your sport will require toughness and hard work via your mental game. Build your champions mentality during this time. Your thoughts and your attitude toward your situation will determine your growth or stagnation. It is up to you to decide what your mind focuses on. Your thoughts can hinder you or they can build you.
Click below to see how you have been thinking, then decide your next steps.
To access tools that can help you during this time, and after recovery, click on the toolbox below.
- Imagery for sport performance enhancement
- Imagery for recovery
- Control the controllables
- Thought stopping, thought replacement
- Positive self-talk
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Breathing techniques
- Goal setting
- Stress management
- Confidence building
- Be Your Best You (avoid comparisons)