Whether you have been prehabing and stretching daily, or not taking care of your body at all, the result has been the same: you are now injured.
The body is reminding you of your bad form, its overuse, or that something needs to be modified in your training. It’s not necessarily physical, it could be something in your mindset as well. Depending on how you perceive your injury and the amount of time you will have to refrain from training like you were used to, the journey through recovery can either be a tough or an eye opening one.
Get the facts right
What type of injury is it? You best option won’t be to search the internet or ask a friend who seemingly has had the same type of injury, but to get a professional opinion. Only the specialist will be able to tell you what can or can’t do. If this person doesn’t speak the language of CrossFit, just find out what they mean by asking even more questions or even demonstrating the movement (as they might not know what a thruster is for instance).
Remember that sometimes you will need to seek several opinions from different specialists. It might cost you, but your recovery depends on it.
Get over yourself
Once you know for how long you need to recover and what types of exercises you need to implement to your new routine every day, it’s easy right? Well, that’s in fact where most people struggle the most.
Adjusting all this time spent at the gym for a modified schedule can be disconcerting and even depressing.
Getting through this injury will perhaps be your opportunity to grow? After all, you suffer mentally in your wods, always wanting to push more, why don’t you suffer mentally through an injury? Isn’t it the perfect time to isolate your thoughts and work on your inner dialogue? If anything, the time you spend on your mindset will determine how bad you really want it.
Work on mindset
The consequence of an injury has two effects on you: it will either brake you or elevate you to the athlete you have envisioned to become. How to get to that point? You have to be willing to accept that the injury is a gift in disguise.
Physically, it is the opportunity to take a step back and reassess your positions, your strength, or your mobility. Mentally, it is the occasion to reverse a negative inner-talk to a positive one. If you can get through the recovery time of an injury you pretty much are ready to face any types of workouts when you come back.
Pen and paper
It all starts by writing down what’s happening in your head: beliefs and blames: “Why is this happening to me?”, “I will never get over this”, “I’ll never get to the level I want to be at”.
The more you identify what you think, the more you can go through each of these negative thoughts and rewrite them positively. The intent is to feed the brain with affirmations which, with repetition, will become your new beliefs. Following the same principle, writing your “wins” at the end of the day is another way to feed your brain with positivity before ending the day. Try to write 5 to 10 each day (it’s not as easy it sounds!).
How long will this take?
Forever! This doesn’t stop once you are able to go back to your regular training. Learning from an injury hopefully has opened your conscious to new ways of thinking. The two exercises mentioned above need to be done daily. Because mindset is not about motivation, it’s consistency. Behind all the hard work displayed on the Instagram of a Mat Fraser or a Katrin Davidsdottir, or whoever you admire in CrossFit hides hours of mindset training.
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