Did anyone see LeBron James take a camera lens to the head on Thursday night?
It was painful to watch him go down, and the perfectly-round wound on his noggin didn’t look very fun to be playing with, either.
But in true LeBron fashion, he took some time out to take care of the basics; wipe any excess blood and regain some composure, and was back on the court.
If you’re a high school or collegiate student-athlete, chances are you’ve had your share of bumps and bruises both on the practice field and playing field. Many of you, too, have gone well beyond a bump or bruise and have broken bones, torn ligaments, experienced painful fractures and even lost consciousness from a hit taken in competition.
So how do you find the courage and determination to get back in the game after getting sidelined – whether it be you only missed the rest of the half, maybe a few games, or maybe an entire season?
Let your body heal.
Head wounds can be serious, but thankfully LeBron didn’t have any serious injury. While we don’t all have the same medical experts at our disposal that professional players do, there are school trainers and doctors at practices and games for this exact predicament: to help you assess the situation.
The worst thing you can do for recovering from sports injuries is trying to get back into the game too quickly. Always listen to the medical advice that your coaches, athletic trainers and doctors have for you — they have your best interests at heart.
Listen to your gut.
When it comes to deciding whether you can stay in the game or when it’s the right time to return back from time off, your gut and your heart can take you further than ever imagined. Trusting your instincts and knowing what feels right to you can be the difference between coming back stronger than ever, or simply coming back only to
- further complicate your original injury
- injure an entirely new area trying to relieve original pain elsewhere that did not properly heal.
Injuries aren’t just physical.
The passion you bring to your sport is what drives you to want to play in college. Just because you had a physical setback doesn’t mean your heart is any less in the game. But there’s more to recovering from sports injuries than just the physical component.
Take the time to rebuild your confidence. Come back at fighting strength — and with a clear plan for how your training, nutrition and competition will keep you from fighting off another injury.
Listen to your heart, follow your gut, and commit to coming back at the time that’s right for you, stronger than ever.
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