If you've ever had an injury you know healing is a physical AND mental process - in fact, for some people it might be even more of a mental challenge than a physical one. The good news is, with the right attitude you can actually learn from your injuries and become a better athlete because of them. Here's some advice for getting through the emotional and mental side of healing from coaches who have been there.

 

Being a Stupid Athlete Made Me a Better Coach (Becca Borawski)

I’m a better coach because I was a stupid athlete. I developed knowledge, empathy, and awareness from my missteps. And I can spot the stupidity in my athletes a mile away.

 

Time on the Injured List is Inevitable: How We Survive It Is a Choice (Valerie Worthington)

I've avoided injury for the most part in my athletic career, until recently when I heard that fateful "pop" in my knee during training. But I've been making recovery a positive experience.

 

Overtraining Can Kill You: The 3 Stages of Overtraining, Part 2 (Andrew Read)

My friend Murray nearly died from overtraining. It took his body years to recover from the hormonal mess he'd made of himself. Are you about to do the same thing to yourself?

 

Life Lessons Learned From Injury (Lindsey Mathews)

I not only understand my patient's injuries because I'm a doctor, but also because I was once an injured athlete, too. It was that injury that actually inspired me to pursue my career.

 

Seeing Starting Over As An Opportunity (Becca Borawski)

Have you ever reached a point in your fitness pursuits where something interfered with your progress? Starting over can be daunting, but your perspective can make a difference.

 

The Pain Game: Four Lessons Learned While Recovering From Surgery (Denis Faye)

41 was a rough year full of injuries and surgeries, but now that I'm on the other side I'm a more balanced person. Learn how I recovered and the essential lessons I learned along the way.

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