Runar Eilertsen

There’s a lot of cold harsh reality to face while recovering from an injury apart from the pain itself. A whole range of emotions replace the fuels we once used to face difficult times: hope and tenacity. In order to get those back we must learn to decrypt the lessons from our injuries.

  1. Never forget what caused the injury

An injury during training or a competition always happens because of  something you’ve done wrong.
Yes, it’s basically your fault. And that’s ok. Unknowingly you took a shot, ignored your body or trust it too much. Without risks there’s no moving forward, especially in an athletic discipline like crossfit where the mind is trained before the body to endure pain and moral breakdown.
When you’ll finally get better and be ready to get back in the game then you must remember to apply the rule of never forgetting what caused the injury and stick to it.

Whether it’s neglecting the warm up, lifting too heavy, not stretching enough, overtraining, skipping the chiropractor’s appointment. Whatever, this rule is key.

  1. Listen to yourself and no one else

Taking the necessary time to go back to a previous training routine is always tough for the ego.
Others are lifting, pumping and going hard on their workouts, and you are stuck lifting a barbell which is a joke even for a beginner.
Your peers will see you struggle and encourage you to push harder, lift heavier; because they know it’ll make you happy. A part of your brain knows it’s stupid and your body will scream inside to try to stop you. At the end of the day it’s your decision; maybe you haven’t learned your lesson yet and need another slap in the face.

Telling the ego to shut up because it can compromise the recovery is the hardest thing to do. The moment you listen to yourself and take that 10lbs down or slow down the pace is the moment you grow up and learn. Now you’ve become unbreakable.

  1.   Keep the fire alive

Find support through the community, your coaches and your peers. try to find a way to hang out and be around the crossfit action scene! Develop that fighter mentally. If your leg is injured then suck it up; you’ll have to forget about squatting, jumping and rowing and you’ll find the blessing to develop strength in your upper body.
It’s easy to give up and feel defeated; it takes courage and boldness to stand up and start moving even if it’s a few steps, a light run or a few strokes at the pool.

The one that moans and roars over the simplest movement, giving it all his passion as if his life depended on it is the one who wins in the long run.

This article is inspired by people who have actually been injured:
Froggy – Scapula fractures and a broken rib > 7 months recovery
Fafa – Fifth metatarsal fracture > 40 days recovery
Ben – Anterior cruciate ligament sprain > 4 weeks recovery
Captain – Psoas iliac torn twice > 6 months recovery
Bovgera – Shoulder tendonitis > 4 weeks recovery

The documentary below is showing how Chad Jones reaches hell and throws himself back at the top.

Written by Tamara Akcay
(via Breaking Muscle)
photo courtesy of Runar Eilertsen

This article was published on Heatbears on August 18th 2015