Tough Girl Melissa Marts
Melissa Marts, Tough Girl Cycling
It will happen to all athletes sometime in their life. You are feeling great, racing well, and then BAM, you are suddenly out with an injury. Making the transition back from being injured can be a long, slow, frustrating journey, but here are some tips for making it easier for you and those around you.
Coming back from an injury is mentally a tough thing to do. The first thing to work on is not beating yourself up for being injured. If you can learn something on how to prevent this injury in the future, then note it and move on. It doesn’t do any good to dwell on what would have happened if you had taken the other line, or maybe braked just a little before the razorback sandstone while racing at night (uh hem). It happened and the best thing to do now is to look foreword.
Once you have come to peace with your injury, work on the steps to get yourself healthy. See a physical therapist as soon as you sense something is wrong. In some cases this may be quite obvious, but chronic low-grade pain can often develop into something more serious without the proper care.
Often the hardest thing for most athletes to do is to take time off of training. Don’t feel guilty about not riding my bike every day. When you are healthy this is a productive feeling, it keeps you motivated and helps you reach your potential. While injured, however, the guilty feelings we often have about training can be destructive. Instead of feeling guilty about not training, concentrate on performing the correct PT for your injury. Consistency (and often icing) is the key to a quick recovery.