Did you know that research actually show that by doing mental rehabilitation along with your physical rehabilitation, you can be back in the game up till 6 weeks earlier than if you dont rehabilitate mentally…
Many athletes doesn’t think or maybe doesn’t know about the huge effect mental rehabilitation can have on getting over injuries.
The regular emotional responses to an injury is denial, isolation, anger and depression. Being able to adapt to this huge change in your everyday life, not being able to do what you are used to, and what you love – is a tremendous challenge to deal with. Many athletes experience bad coping behavior, which will delay their physical rehabilitation. Typical bad coping strategies and maladaptive reactions are:
- Self-destructive behavior
- Social withdrawal
- Rapid mood-swings
When you go through a mental training program after an injury it is about learning how to apply good coping and adaptive reactions. You learn:
- to accept your injury
- to respect your injury
- to seek social support
- to re-evaluate your goals
- to enhance motivation for the rehabilitation to come
- how to do positive thinking
- the effect of staying with the team
- curiosity (learn about the injury)
During a mental rehabilitation intervention program following techniques are used by sport psychologists:
Stress management and cognitive control:
– Information about the mind-body principle (the minds influence on the body’s healing – you have to believe that this is actually possible)
– How to work together with the physiotherapist – what is to be expected during the rehabilitation – goal setting.
Strategies for overcoming challenges
– Learning about factors influencing rehabilitation + what can potentially happen after an injury – both physiological and psychological. This knowledge can help you accept the injury, and learn that it’s all right to be in a bad mood or to be in pain.
Research on the subject:
Urban, Johnson (2000): short-term psychological intervention: a study of long-term-injured competitive athletes, journal of sport rehabilitation, volume 9, number 3.
About the author
Janne holds a master degree in Physical Education and Psychology from the University of Copenhagen along with a European Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology. During her studies she has studied sport psychology and coaching in Canada, at the University of British Columbia, were she also got certified Coach by Coaching Association of Canada. Furthermore she’s a professionally trained Physical Educational teacher from The Paul Petersen Institute of Physical Education.
Check out her popular www-page on CrossFit and mentral training here: http://mentalwod.com/