2015 NPAA Magazine 2015 volume 1 - Page 55

#5 Take an active part in your healing process Be conscientious about your physical therapy. Follow the doctor's advice closely. Don’t cut corners. Work as hard with your rehab as you did in your training. In addition, practice using healing imagery on a daily basis. If you're recovering from a broken bone or separated shoulder, spend 5-10 minutes imagining that bone or shoulder beginning to heal. "See" in your mind's eye a healthy supply of red blood cells surrounding that area and facilitating the mending process. I can't scientifically guarantee that this will speed up your healing. However, I can promise you that this will make you feel less helpless, more in control and much more positive. These attitudinal changes in themselves will speed up your healing. #6 Continue to work out. If your injury allows you to still continue any part of your training, do so! If not, "practice" mentally. Use mental rehearsal on a daily basis (5 -10 minutes at a time) to see, hear and feel yourself performing, executing lifts with proper form. Take this time to also mentally work on your weaknesses. Regular mental rehearsal of your exercises will keep the neuromuscular connections activated so that when you are able to actually begin physical train, you will not have lost as much. #7 Seek out the support of other athletes Participate in contest prep workshops or other similar events. Fight the urge to isolate yourself. You may feel worthless and suddenly different, but chances are good that you're probably the only one that shares that opinion. The worst thing for you to do when you’re in a vulnerable state is to separate yourself from your peer group. Make a serious effort to reach out rather than pull in! #8 If necessary seek out a counselor If you are really depressed for an extended period of time, have lost interest in things that use to excite you, have noticed that your sleep and eating patterns have changed seek professional help! Don’t fool around here. If you’re having these kinds of symptoms this means that you have really lost perspective and you are in need of some qualified, outside support. Seeking out the help of a professional therapist or counselor is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it’s a sign of strength. #9 Be patient If your injury is temporary, allow yourself enough time to heal properly. If you're over anxious to get back to the gym and rush the healing process, then you may set yourself up for another, more serious injury which may cost you even more time. Rushing the healing process so that you can get back a week or two earlier is “penn