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How Sports Injuries Can Affect Our Mental Health

While most sports injuries cure themselves over time and aren’t life-threatening, some may have a long-lasting effect on our mental health. For some athletes, a physical injury can trigger a more serious psychological problem. High on the list is depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

The aftermath of an injury could lead to the athlete experiencing sadness, anger, frustration, sleep deprivation and lack of motivation. It is shown that in younger aspiring athletes these issues can be more detrimental to their mental health long after the physical injury has occurred.

Young aspiring athletes are prone to wallow longer in these feelings which can derail their whole career before it even began. It can be disastrous when an aspiring professional is trying to excel and better their technique and skills only to be put out of the game for a while.

Most people who suffer these consequences are those who already have an underlining mental issue. It is imperative that treatment is sought out. Many athletes, professional and amateurs alike, struggle with coming to terms with the psychological effects the injury has had on them.

For many, it seems like a sign of weakness or they’re not used to failing and needing others. For some, the hesitance of seeking help is because there are experiencing a loss as their whole life has revolved around the sport.

It is important that coaches and trainers keep their recovering players engaged and part of the team and they are encouraged to guide and advise when an athlete should seek help for a mental issue.

With all that is known about mental health problems in athletes, it is recommended that a detailed plan and screening be put in place to identify and assist with managing more complicated reactions to injuries.

Here are some handy tips on how you can cope with dealing with a serious injury.

Stay Fit

Stay Fit - How Sports Injuries Can Affect Our Mental Health

Even though you won’t be able to participate as you used to, it is important to remain fit. Don’t strain yourself, but continue doing simple exercises. Check with your physician and make sure your injury allows for some simple exercise.

Get Support

Get Support - How Sports Injuries Can Affect Our Mental Health

You are going to need the support of your friends, family and teammates to get you through the setback. Don’t be afraid to speak out if you are feeling down, remember your peers, teammates, coach and friends can encourage you.

Stay Positive

Stay Positive - How Sports Injuries Can Affect Our Mental Health

One minor setback is not the end of the world. The best thing to do is to stay positive throughout your recovery period. This will also ensure your recovery process is not hampered by any negativity unnecessarily.

Do Research

Do Research - How Sports Injuries Can Affect Our Mental Health

Finally, you need to do some research on your injury and ask your health care provider questions about the injury and the recovery period. You can also find out how it will affect your performance in the long run. The more you know, the better.

For more information and advice on how to get the treatment you can always contact us and we’ll assist you with finding the right help.