Confidence After an Injury

Posted by | April 17, 2018 | Ask a Doctor, Medical | One Comment

Hi! I am a gymnast and have dealt with past injuries. Recently I had an injury that didn’t end up serious, but I was still concerned. My coach didn’t take me completely serious when I was explaining the extent of what I felt happen and how scared I was of what happened.  I now am having mental blocks on vault and I also struggle with mental blocks on other events that are difficult for me to get over. They are also partially caused by previous injuries and I am tired of dealing with them on a daily basis. I feel like I have so much more potential without these mental blocks that I would love to achieve. I was wondering if you have any advice about overcoming mental blocks in sports or how to overcome injuries or how to talk to coaches in a more efficient way. Keep in mind that I am a level 8/9 gymnast so the skills I am doing are pretty advanced and so it could be understandable why I have some fear. Thanks for your consideration.

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  • BYS Volunteer Doctor says:

    Thank you for reaching out to BYS with your question. It sounds like you have some mental blocks due to past injuries that have created current fear while training. These mental blocks can be something you can work through with a counselor. Mental Blocks are usually caused by fear of a past situation (thinking about a past situation) and anxiety/stress that it will occur again. Counseling can identify the issue and give strategies that can reduce stress and anxiety. Counselors can also help give you tips on how to communicate with coaches or doctors when dealing with situations when you do not feel heard.

    After reading your question it sounds like you are very serious competitor and might recommended in looking for a doctor who specialize in sport medicine (if you haven’t already) or who is familiar with gymnast’s needs. This might help give you more support when issues arise. Also a doctor might give you an referral to a physical therapist who might be able to give you tips on how to deal with past injuries and way to reduce future injury. This can gain more confidence and reduce mental blocks. It might also be helpful to connect your coach and doctor (maybe parents?) together so everyone is on the same page. Have clear communication with everyone who wants you to be successful will only increase your support and success.

    -BYS Counselor and Doctor

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