How To Return To Sport After A Long Term Injury (part 1)

As an athlete, all you want to do is to always take your body to it extreme ability or by watching others play the sport that you love. Everything that deals with sport has something to do with you too. But, there’s an obstacle on the way that all athletes must and will climb. And that obstacle is ‘’INJURY’’.

But we are not here to talk about how injuries occur or why you get them. The topic focuses on how to get yourself back to sporting activities stronger and better than your previous self.

There are many stages to get back to sport after injuries. But we’ll be talking about ‘’REST’’ for today.

As an athlete, resting is the last thing you want to hear from your doctor ordering you to do. And that’s the first and the best advice you can get for yourself if you’re really serious about your career.

Yes! it’s hard. I’ve been there. But imagine you’re driving a car very fast on an highway, suddenly your car starts overheating. What will you do to get it wheels back on the road?. Of course you’ll need to stop for a while and let it cool down before you can refill the water or anything else. 

That’s an example of ‘’REST''. Let your body cool down(a lot). Before you can get back, resting is your first option. 

Resting is not like feeling some pains in your leg while jogging. Then you sat down for a while until you feel no more pains and start jogging again. What you’re doing is making everything worse. Resting is withdrawing yourself completely  from any sporting activity.
Don’t forget to go to your doctor for further instructions on how to rest well.

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  • Thanks so much because I have been doing just that each time am out of play because of injury hoping that it will just go faster but am glad to be enlightened on this because I have been suffering from those problem of never leave a day pass you by

    - Obalu Johnkennedy Kenechukwu - 2019-09-25 20:19:42 Quote

  • It's so hard getting back in form on track after a long term injury. It's like having a leg and learning to walk again. I remembered a Liverpool player djibril cisse who was injured for a year. He used crutches and I begin to wonder if this guy will ever walk again.

    - Ridwan Salaudeen - 2019-09-25 20:28:22 Quote

  • Every athlete would always want to be in field without knowing that their body is Luke a machine that needs constant mentainance. Resting is very good for restoring the body back to its normal state.

    - Chidiebere Uzo - 2019-09-25 20:46:33 Quote

  • Every athlete needs this advice but only few will take into it, I inclusive because nobody wants to stay aside and watch others do your work for you. I just hope we ca take more of this Advice that will help us a lot. 

    - Abdulmaleek Habib - 2019-09-25 20:52:30 Quote

  • This is very helpful.... A lot of athletes have lost their opportunities to achieving greater heights because they feel that after am injury, it's the end of their careers.

    - Ijomah Rocky - 2019-09-25 21:27:25 Quote

  • Very nice article. Injuries are a terrible thing for athletes and most times when an athlete doesn’t take his or her time to recovery fully, they may never truly reach that 100% level again. This is why foreign players excel more than African players, they make sure they even return stronger and fitter after any injury by taking proper time off 

    - Emmanuel Korodele - 2019-09-25 23:18:36 Quote

  • This is a confirmation of my action. I took two weeks to rest after my injury healed completely, and during these period, i took a while to watch the performances of the greatest players the world ever produced . The next step was training alone for a week, and when i got back, i had more  confidence and more insight into the game. Was so great. 

    - Skye Abel - 2019-09-26 00:45:47 Quote

  • Resting is good for the body so as to get back in form after an injury but most athletes don't like the word "rest' because they have passion for what they're doing and when you have passion for something you're ready to go all in. A larger percentage of athletes loose their abilities when injury set in that's why most of them don't prefer to rest because to be good in sport it requires consistency.

    - Oke Olamilekan - 2019-09-26 02:36:22 Quote

  • Well I love the word Rest, That why some players go on 8months break, because it gives the time to heal and get back to normal ways with the help of Exercise and rehabilitation you will get better

    - Oloruntobi Omoyeni - 2019-09-26 02:55:49 Quote

  • This is really good and helpful. Every athletes needs this advice, having injury on a field or track is somehow worst which may eventually lead to long or short term injury.. Resting is good for restoring the body which help the body to return back to it's normal state and also return back to work..

    - Zainab Alarape - 2019-09-26 06:25:27 Quote

  • This is really a nice article as most athletes think that after injury they can’t continue with their careers which is wrong. As an athlete an injury should make you more determined to actualise your dreams and goals.

    - Onekeneke prince - 2019-09-26 06:44:39 Quote

  • Wow i love track and field events so much and i think am addicted to them because a day without participating in about three of them makes me feel restless i think this topic of yours can be of great help and importance to me, thanks alot for this your contribution 

    - Muorah Kelvin - 2019-09-26 08:31:43 Quote

  • After getting an injury as a sports person, I believe the first thing you need to do is get appropriate treatment from a medical personnel. You could still practice indoors once in a while depending on how serious the injury is, but it should be mild practice.  You should take things very slowly when you’re coming back to your sport activities again. 

    - Omosivwe Jonathan - 2019-09-26 11:32:49 Quote

  • This is well explained and very cleared . especially siting car that suddenly develop overheating while someone is on the motion. But when I saw the player closer to the picture of an image representing our Lord Jesus Christ,it passed a message to me that, only God can give you a quick recovery from any injury you may incurred.

    - Dairo Idowu - 2019-09-26 18:28:27 Quote

  • thanks for sharing this, my brother needs to see this, he's the neymar of the house and he won't want to rest whenever he has injuries, claims when he's injured is the best time to stress that injured part, else it will be numb, am sure he now realizes he's totally wrong 

    - Boluwatife Fashina - 2019-09-27 01:11:06 Quote

  • I totally agree with you. Sometimes one has to to totally withdraw from sporting activities and give the body the desired rest so as to come back in full form.  Most athletes don't rest well and that is the reason they complain of joint pains when they are of old age

    - Victor Oladele - 2019-09-27 11:19:10 Quote

  • This is Avery good advice to people h engage in spsports. Wen you engage, u rest a little to avoid injury, do not over work your body to avoid stress and injuries. This way you will remain fit. 

    - Okafor Chigaemezu Ifeanyi - 2019-09-27 12:32:55 Quote

  • Resting is what a sport person don't want to hear at any point in time ,but it is inevitable when injury set footballer, I have been there and coming out of injury back to the pitch is not that easy because it will be like you are just starting from beginning again.

    - OLALEKAN OLADAPO - 2019-09-27 12:34:20 Quote

  • is a very quick and better way to recover from injury as an athlete

    That's why in football they make sure that a player is fully fit after an injury before he comes on pitch again even after they have done the surgery ...because anything van happen on the field

    - Joseph Lawrence - 2019-09-28 18:19:57 Quote

  • Thanks a lot. This post reminds me about the day I broke my leg during a training in my first year. It was really devastating. I was suspended from participating in sports for a month due to the incident. Afterwards, I was almost discouraged from ever participating in sports again, but later I got up to my feet. Now I am even better than most of my teammates.

    - Desmond Emmanuel - 2019-09-29 06:02:32 Quote

  • Thanks very much for the information. You see, real lovers of games and sports most times engage in them that they Become completely carried away. Due to this, they keep on Managing injury instead of taking total rest for the injury to heal.

    - Odinakachi Obaji - 2019-09-29 07:10:18 Quote

  • a long-term injury how will you be able to go very same thing you should start with in your house like jogging jumping around and rest you should be paying the most often then when I feel good that you declare free for yourself then you go to the moon training centre and trim with your friends and everyone then you won't feel much healthier of your body I guess that's the best solution for now cuz been staying for a place for more than one month or 2 months or 3 months is very very risky maybe tiredness new democratic and the rest

    - Abubakar Sadeeq Salihu - 2019-09-29 16:42:52 Quote

  • Trust me have been there. I remembered when i was lifting weights  and i continied like that without resting, because of that , i had, a dislocation of joints which tooks so many day to rest by force . I'd advoce us to always  rest always. 

    - Emmanuel Adebanjo - 2019-09-29 18:30:51 Quote

  • Nice one, this is so eye-opening and educative. Rest is really underrated. As much as we are Keen at always craving to make money. Time should be created for rest too. After a sound rest, one will be able to exercise well and keep fit which makes one ready for any kind of sport or activities one need to engage himself or herself in.

    - George Justus - 2019-09-29 22:04:40 Quote

  • Good one. Sometimes it might be hard getting back on your feet and stuff. You remember how the injury made you feel and you just want to give up. But athletes should know that instead of giving up, you can come back stronger and fulfill your goals. One minor step back shouldn't make a committed person quit. so the key word here is to be consistent committed and hopeful 

    - Afolayan Omotola - 2019-10-02 19:08:13 Quote

  • Well thanks a lot for your help and advice cos am a footballer Tho am not playing pro but am planning on by God's grace and even when I play in school for my team tho am not injury prone and all and I get injured like the last one I had it took a while before it healed I was restless not wanting to be out of play for so long and I was itching to get back to the pitch Tho I forced my recovery and getting back and it was not easy I guess if I had seen ur advice then I might have gotten back faster and even better for my team because along the line I got injured again and I had to sit it out it was so painful tho but I had no choice 

    - Heritage Lapite - 2019-10-03 00:02:32 Quote

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