How to Cope with a Sports Injury

I'm seeing a big trend while reading blogs, tweets, and posts lately... The plight of the injured athlete.

I can see the pain, feel the frustration (sometimes desperation), and cries for help  as people from all walks of life go through the process (and it is a process) of coping with an injury (particularly a sports injury).

As a physical therapist, I see this play out in my office on a daily basis. I work with patients to focus on the "physical" but also on the "therapist" part.

All too often, I see athletes wait too long to get the support they need. They have tried to "tough it out" and in doing so their physical injury has become more severe and their psychological game has been damaged as well.

I stumbled on a beautifully written article about this very topic on endurancecorner.com titledThe Psychology of the Injured Athlete, by triathlete and psychiatrist Mimi Winsberg, M.D. Check it out, the article covers:

  • Why Injury is Psychologically Tough

  • Stages of Dealing with Injury

  • Successful Coping Strategies

  • The Silver Lining

Harness Your Stress with Exercise!

Stress kills...figuratively and literally. I received an extra dose of stress yesterday after our website and email had been down for over 36 hours and then I had to spend valuable time battling insurance companies just to get paid. It made for an incredibly frustrating day and by the time I went to sleep last night, nothing had been resolved which was even more aggravating. When faced with such stress, we have a crucial decision to make in how we harness that energy.

We can lash out at others or reach for detrimental coping mechanisms like excessive alcohol consumption or unhealthy eating, but  I say beat it with exercise! I did just that this morning and had one of my best 9 mile runs. I was still so freaking ticked off about what had happened, but I didn't want to spend another anxious day, so I burned off my stress and left it on the road. I also love a good session with the punching bag!!

So get moving, pump those endorphins, and beat stress the healthy way!

New day = New Attitude....It's going to be a great day at IRON.

  • IRON PT WOD - 9 mile "Stressed and Ticked-off Run"; 9 miles; 1 hr 11mins; 8'06" average pace; 1118 calories; Minutes/mile: 8'38",7'56",7'42",7'57",7'51",7'27",8'04",8'11",8'02"

How to Squeeze in a Stretch!

NYC Marathon Training: Day 38 I felt great after a day of rest hence several sub-8 minute miles during my journey. After I returned home, I found myself rushing my stretching a bit when I remembered what I tell my other runners.

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Be sure to stop short of your home somewhere and stretch.

This will ensure that you do it. If you're like me, you get distracted by kids, phone calls and other activities when we wait until we get home.

So, pick out your stretching spot!! It could be at a particular stop sign, tree, parking lot..whatever...just do it!

IRON PT WOD @ 9:00AM –

  • 6.38 mi; 53’27”, 8:34 pace; 768 calories

  • Minutes/mile: 9:14, 7:15, 7:59, 8:16, 7:48, 8:48

  • Core/Upper Body:

  • 40 push-ups

  • 20 pull ups

  • 50 dips

  • Crunches

  • Bicycle crunches

  • Leg lifts (on my side)

  • Obliques

  • Stretching

NYC Marathon Training: Day 37

NYC Marathon Training: Day 37 Ahhh, a  full day of rest….I've mentioned in a previous entry the importance of

taking 1-2 days off as you ramp up your mileage.

Why? Well, stress comes in many forms. We all have our daily work, family and personal stressors in addition to the increasing mileage you're demanding of your body.

If you lack proper sleep, nutrition and rest from activity, you may be compromising your immune system as well as increasing the likelihood of injury.

So, if you're feeling extra tired today, reduce the amount and intensity of your planned run or skip it for today. This is not an excuse to give up when the training gets tough, but I am encouraging you to LISTEN to your body.

Train smart!