When you’re an injured athlete, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. There are a lot of legitimate reasons for this, and factors that make it challenging to reach out and ask for the support you need. Many high-level competitors, for instance, fear seeming weak or incompetent.
But social support—along with other types of assistance—are critical to the rehab and recovery process. They can also make you a happier, healthier person outside of sports. So, what’s a sidelined athlete to do?
In this episode, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson talks us through exactly why support matters so much. And, she gives you specific tactics for determining which support you need and when you need it, and how to assemble a willing crew around you to offer it.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- Why support is so crucial to injured athletes in the first place (2:23)
- The difference between perceived and received support—and the shocking fact about which one is more important (4:09)
- The four crucial types of support injured athletes need, and an easy acronym to help you remember them (5:54)
- Some of the common reasons injured athletes don’t ask for support (9:20)
- What you can start to do today to turn it around and empower yourself to seek support (12:37)
- Why your support system may fall short, and what to do when it does (15:17)
- The two big myths of support, and how busting through them can change everything for your recovery (18:43)
- The importance of having a good medical team (21:03)
- A little bit more about The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, and how it can help provide a few different types of support during your recovery (24:17)
- A mental drill—a specific, step-by-step exercise—that can help you identify the types of support you need, then reach out to get them (28:02)
- Another drill, Found in Translation, that can help you manage communication between you and other people who care about you (31:55)
- Other life situations where it pays to be deliberate about seeking support (36:54)
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