28 Apr '16, 12am

5 steps for coping with the psychological effects of injuries:

5 steps for coping with the psychological effects of injuries:

“You’re upset and angry, and then you feel like it’s unfair because you’ve done everything right,” she says. Often, the mental effects of injury can be just as, if not more, difficult to manage than the physical ones. An injured runner may experience everything from “questions about identity, to fears about performance never returning to pre-injury levels, to worries about disappointing and therefore potentially losing sponsors,” says Sari Fine Shepphird, a Los Angeles-based sports and performance psychologist. When someone does not know how to cope, “potentially serious depression” can occur, she says. “But athletes can take steps to overcome the mental barriers they experience alongside an injury.” 1. Accept Reality Hasay says she went through a wide range of emotions when she realized the gravity of her injury. “We really had to think long term,” Hasay says. “World cham...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/psychology/5-steps-for-coping...

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