Injuries are going to happen. They are a part of sports; they are a part of being an athlete.
Some injuries are definitely more severe than other injuries. As athletes, we are pushing our bodies to the limit to get the most out of them. Some may keep you out for a weekend, some may keep you out for an entire season. But other than keeping you out of a game, an injury can teach you life lessons. If you’re injured now or have gotten injured in the past, how have you responded?
Your response defines your character….An injury shows if a player is selfish or selfless. There is a VERY big difference.
To me, an injury is a way that our body is telling us to slow down. An injury is also telling us that it may be time to change some mechanics, thus getting better so that our body can perform at the highest level possible. An injury can bring attention to some things we need to change in making sure we take the best care of our bodies possible, as this is the only body we are going to have.
As we live each day, we are writing our own book. Are you going to let an injury just be a couple of pages in a chapter of your book? Or are you going to allow an injury to be 4-5 chapters of a book? Your response will be very telling. The choice is up to you. Now, I understand that there are the severe, catastrophic injuries that most likely will impact someone’s life in different ways for the entirety, but still I ask, how are you going to respond? Every day we have choices. Are we going to rise up to a challenge? Or let adversity overcome us?
With in injury, there come a lot of decisions in how you are going to handle yourself. 1) You now have a choice in the attitude you are going to have towards taking on life after the injury. 2) You have a choice in how you are going to still contribute to your team. 3) You have a choice in how you are going to try to figure out a creative way to practice to keep up with your skills. 4) You have a choice in how you are going to get treatment for your injury and take care of yourself. ALL OF THESE THINGS affect life lessons and define your character,
and in the end, will help define what kind of player you will turn out to be after the injury.
In the paragraph above, I listed numbers 1-4 that I will be discussing. Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are all affected by #1 – Attitude. It all starts with your attitude. If you don’t continue to have a good attitude, then nothing else that I talk about in any of the blogs on injury will be able to positively take place. A bad attitude is going to make someone more unmotivated, selfish and a slower healer.
Believe me, I get it, it’s hard to be injured. I know better than anybody. I’ve been there and done that. It’s okay to be sad at first, but then there comes a time when you have to continue to live on and change that attitude.
Your attitude affects EVERYTHING! Your attitude affects you, it affects your team, it affects your family and it affects your friends.
Remember, every day is a new day. That’s the beauty of life. Every morning when we wake up we have a choice in how we are going to take on the day, no matter what happened to us the day before. Every single person reading this has their own problems. An injury can be one of those problems, but are you going to let it affect the energy that surrounds you and your attitude to take on life? Instead of letting it pull you down, allow an injury to actually make you STRONGER.
Look at an injury as something you are going to learn from, and in the end you will be stronger from it. Turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts. The more positive attitude you have, the faster you will be able to heal by not stressing and wearing your body down even more. A bad attitude affects your friends and family who are around you, too.
Don’t let your bad attitude affect those people and pull them down with you.
To keep a more positive attitude, think about how your body is healing itself. That’s what our bodies are made to do! That’s a positive way of looking at it. Know every day, your body is working to heal whatever wound you have. When you look at it that way, you only know it’s a matter of time before you’re back out there playing!
Last thing I am going to say about attitude is, you choose it. You can’t control injuries, they’re going to happen. But every day you wake up, you can control the attitude that you bring to life. Have an attitude that realizes the injury, accepts it, and thinks, “Okay, what can I do right now in this present moment to make the situation better?” If you don’t have a solid attitude, then contributing to your team pretty much isn’t going to be able to happen, you will most likely stop practicing (or if you’re practicing, you have a bad attitude while you’re doing it, so it pretty much you won’t get anything out of it), and if you have a bad attitude, you’re going to be less likely to be proactive to go get treatment and find ways to make yourself heal even faster.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself! To me, players who have that bad attitude after they get injured are selfish players and just want attention. They think that bad attitude is going to get them the attention since they can no longer get attention on the field anymore. Change that. Don’t be that person.
You can get through anything with a great attitude. Have patience. Remember to breathe. Look at an injury from the attiude that this can be a learning experience. Approach every day as a new a day and make the most of it!
With or without an injury you have complete choice about what kind of attitude you will have daily!
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As a former men’s fast pitch pitcher who helps young girls pitch that was a great video breaking down the mechanics of a pitch.
This is an awesome article! My daughter broke her finger playing basketball the day before her first friendlies with her team. She was pretty bummed but she woke up the next morning, put on her uniform, got her bag ready and went to the field ready to help her team in any way she could. I was so proud of her. When she saw her team mates, one of them asked her why she came. She told them she was there to support them and cheer them on. At that point, they all hugged her. For the coaches out there, I would like to share with you what her coaches did for her because I think it made a huge difference. When she got to the field, they designated her as “Coach Brooke” until she could play again. They gave her a job. She placed balls on the tee while the girls warmed up. When the game started, they had her sitting on a coaches bucket and not on the bench. They gave her a job of keeping certain stats. I am sure they didn’t even need these stats but they knew it would keep her in the game and focused. When the coach was calling pitches (10u level), he explained to my daughter why he was calling those pitches. I think she learned more from this day than she ever could have from playing on the field. Although I don’t like her hurt, I know she is becoming a better person.
Thank you so much for this article. My daughter who plays 12u and pitches just broke her tibia ( spiral break) and it’s pretty bad last Monday. Her attitude and determination will see her through this. She is ready with her cast on (team colors) to go support the team! Thank you again!