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Injury Recovery

Sport injury is no less important to the recreational athlete than the high performing athlete. Physical impairment, whether temporary or permanent, can be emotionally challenging and often individuals may not be prepared to cope with the repercussions. Athletes may experience loss in the forms of routine disruption, athletic identity, income, and social networks to name a few.

When athletes get injured, the focus is immediately on the physical and the emotional/psychological effects are often overlooked. In addition to the physical consequences, psychological and emotional states may also be profoundly affected and emotionally devastating. Symptoms include but are not limited to anger, grief, anxiety, confusion, depression, frustration, feelings of loss, self-doubt, and fear of re-injury. These can have serious implications on one’s general well being as well as recovery outcomes. Sport termination due to injury can be devastating to anyone whose life is enhanced by their sport. Coping with the psychological difficulties and losses related to sudden termination secondary to injury is challenging and may require the development of new mental skills to cope with the transition process.

If you are:

  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Experiencing anxiety and /or irritability
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Experiencing a decrease in motivation
  • Avoiding friends and teammates
  • Experiencing feelings of loss and lowered self-esteem
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite changes

Counseling can assist you in establishing healthy coping strategies, promote adherence to physical rehabilitation program, promote better recovery outcomes, and return to sport with confidence. Counseling post injury can also help to create the opportunity for personal growth, and performance enhancement.