1. Make short term goals for a long term idea. This means to set yourself small goals that would be feasible to accomplish in a few weeks or a month tops. Things such as being able to run a mile in a decent time, being able to bend your knee a full 90 degrees, or pushing yourself a little harder in the workout. This makes time pass quicker and builds confidence knowing that you are achieving something. Though you want to get back to your game, don’t let that loom over your head and cause you grief. There are so many things you can do between now and then that may change your life forever.
2. Listen to your doctors and trainers and rehab to your full potential. They know what it takes to get back out to your sport. They want to see you succeed and want you to be safe in the future. The truth is, you can never do enough rehab. In fact, every work out post surgery is considered rehab. This ensures that your body will remain strong and sturdy to be able to withstand the physical components of whatever your sport may be.
3. BE CONFIDENT. Like I said before, it’s completely normal to feel uncertain or fearful when getting back to your sport. But after many months of rehab, you need to feel confident inside that you’ve rehabbed to your full potential. You’ll probably be a little bit more hesitant and careful, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It means that you’ve learned how to be “sport smart.”
4. Keep positive and believe that you will get through this! Make the best out of the worst situations and don’t let it drag you down. It may feel like your sport is the most important thing in your life, but I’m sure you will come to find other passions and talents while on your road to recovery. Remember, everything happens for a reason.
Hope this helped, have a beautiful day!