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It’s not the injury that defines us, it’s how we deal with it.
If you play a sport, exercise, or live an active life, chances are you will sustain an injury at some point. To be clear, I’m not “wishing an injury” on anyone, but the reality is that injuries are an inherent risk associated with an active lifestyle. However, we can’t let that hold us back from pursuing the activities we love. Because even though injuries are debilitating and can set us back (sometimes significantly), they can also be a “blessing in disguise” and make us better athletes in the long run.
1. Injuries make us pay attention to/respect our bodies
[I]nstead of muscling our way through with strength and stubbornness, we begin to appreciate the process and learn how to be efficient and technical.When we’re young(er) and naive, it’s easy to overlook basic mechanics and pay too little attention to our own safety/well-being because we think we’re invincible. Until we get an injury, that is, and sometimes it takes sustaining a few of them before we smarten up — because unfortunately, we often don’t respect our bodies/muscles enough to take care of them properly until an injury temporarily sidelines us. Suddenly certain things we’ve always taken for granted become a challenge, and we become acutely aware of our body’s inability to do what we ask of it. And it is this awareness that can make us better athletes in the long run. Because instead of muscling our way through with strength and stubbornness, we begin to appreciate the process and learn how to be efficient and technical.
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