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bruuuno 9:51 Thu Jan 18
The psychology of injury
I'm very active and teach yoga as well as swim and lift weights most days. Damaged a nerve in my back six weeks ago and since then I struggle to walk let alone partake in anything active.

It's driving me fucking nuts and got me wondering how hard it must be for pros to be out for seasons on end.

I there's some sportsmen on here my question is has anyone else struggled with the psychological effects of an injury? How did you overcome it?

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Leonard Hatred 3:02 Fri Jan 19
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I teach breakdancing to midgets and my slipped disc prevents me from joining in, it's a living hell.

gph 10:58 Thu Jan 18
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I've just started (i.e., tonight was my second game) playing 6-a-side after six months off with sciatica.

Been very pissed off for six months.

Not pissed off now, but very, very knackered. Will be like a zombie tomorrow.

I don't think there's anything deep here. I like to do what I like to do, and if I can't, I don't like it.

BRANDED 7:29 Thu Jan 18
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My nephew is a sports scientist and has worked at 3 clubs and now the olympic rowing team. He says the clubs are amateurs in every way with a few exceptions.

BRANDED 7:26 Thu Jan 18
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Yes if fucking does
Erm. Will I get paid?
Nah. I'm fucked boss

bruuuno 6:40 Thu Jan 18
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Wow VH son thanks for sharing

VirginiaHam 3:08 Thu Jan 18
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I ended the 1982 cricket season (with Surrey CCC) suffering from sciatica. I then, rather than resting, I played football and the small swelling I had that was pinching the nerve became a large swelling.

I had a regular place in the first class side waiting for me bu I was struggling to run. I had an epidural, which worked for 2 weeks and since there seemed o be no obvious treatment available, apart from a chiropractor, I played in the 2nd XI.

I'm guessing that because i couldn't play first class cricket but was still playing, the actual playing time overcame my ambition and I accepted second best.

Eventually, the swollen disc became a ruptured disc and I had to have an operation. No choice. Prior to this I was still accepting second best, again, because I was playing.....but the reality was i was taking painkillers 6 times a day and forcing a conclusion.

I was operated on, and the pain was miraculously gone. I had a spinal decompression. They removed the ruptured part of the disc, which had to all intents and purposes healed itself by hardening and I was fixed.

I retied from professional cricket the following April, 1984. I was 27. I'd worked during the winter selling advertising space and enjoyed it. My cricketing ambition had gone and I was ready for a life outside professional sport

I'd worked hard to get into the county side. I'd been very successful, and had a future that might have involved playing for England, but during the 2 years I was injured, the ambition just drained away. I trained harder and was physically fitter than anyone else on he staff in April of 1984 too, but the cricketing drive had gone. I'd had it since I was 10.

Russ of the BML 2:43 Thu Jan 18
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bruuuno 10:42 Thu Jan 18

She wants you both to re-enact Ghost LOL

Northern Sold 11:46 Thu Jan 18
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bruuuno... all depends fella... I got MATES that are 50+ that are still doing the business on the football field and they are probably fitter than they was 25 years ago... as I said I over came everything... broken bones, dislocated knees, torn achilles but me back was a game changer... and still is... never had a hamstring injury or a groin tear in all my life... when I was getting treatment on me back the physio says it probably won't be the actual back injury that will cause the problem but the other niggles... he said where the back is fucked all the muscles pull in that direction and weaken everywhere else... thought it sounded bonkers... 1st game back (after extensive physio and training) .. 10 mins in... tore me groin.... out for a few months... treatment twice a week... next game back... hamstring went... and so it continued for the next 18 months until I hung the boots up

bruuuno 11:39 Thu Jan 18
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I'm 36 soldo :(

Northern Sold 11:39 Thu Jan 18
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Oh I'm treasurer as well... I can get one done on each arm...

East Auckland Hammer 11:35 Thu Jan 18
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I will, if you get "I'm a Secretary" on yours.

Northern Sold 11:34 Thu Jan 18
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` I coach a Ladies provincial indoor cricket side`

You should get that tattooed on your neck Jonah... Polynessian style

Northern Sold 11:34 Thu Jan 18
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I overcame every injury apart from when me back (heniated disc) went... never ever recovered from that and sport (mainly football and cricket) was never the same... not much fun 4 or 5 days later you still can't feel your legs... tried for about 18 months or so to get back (saw the Southend Utd physio who said if I had played for money I would be pensioned off) all to no avail... hung me boots up at 36 years old... I had a good run but it still hit me like a sledgehammer and even now I miss it like crazy... still involved with my old team (secretary) that plays in the Southend veterans league and I love going over to watch them on a Sunday... the standard is excellent ... it's a substitute but it will never replace playing

East Auckland Hammer 11:21 Thu Jan 18
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You're not wrong there bozo. I coach a Ladies provincial indoor cricket side and a couple of girls provincial sides, and it is really satisfying seeing them progress and picking up the little tips you give them.

When you see them execute something you've been working on really hard in training and see the satisfaction on their faces, it's a great feeling.

bozo 11:13 Thu Jan 18
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Feel for you but not quite to your extent. Have had an acl and shoulder re-done so not to the point of not moving but frustrating none the same. Advice I'd say is if you've got any studyon the go or similar get immersed in it. Set daily targets for stuff you always have been meaning to get done even boring shit around the house. When it's done it feels like a win. Other thing I found is get involved in youth, maybe mentoring or coaching. Find something you can do by sharing your knowledge that doesn't impact your body. There's nothing more healing than seeing people warm to you and you feeling like you've got something to offer. Apart from that, go and have a few pints and enjoy the enforced holiday.

East Auckland Hammer 11:08 Thu Jan 18
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I had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum nearly 2 years ago. Injury as a result of too much bowling and throwing. Cricket every summer Saturday for about 35 years and indoor cricket 3 times a week for about 10.

I still don't fully trust my shoulder to bowl or throw....get the ball in my hand and wind up to throw it and it's almost like the yips....I feel like I have no control over the direction. Everything feels loose and uncontrolled.

Strength-wise, I think a little bit could be improved, but I KNOW that it doesn't hurt if I throw the ball hard, because I have managed it a couple of times.

Hammer and Pickle 10:57 Thu Jan 18
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The pain is a friend to be welcomed in any healing process - the welcoming tends to sort out the psychological aspect and allows the body to do the rest undisturbed.

bruuuno 10:53 Thu Jan 18
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A good opportunity for goal setting

bruuuno 10:42 Thu Jan 18
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FUnny you say that Russ the mrs went out and bought me a load of clay the other day after I told her I enjoyed doing sculptures at school. Will give it a go seeing as I've got fuck all else to do.

Fucking hell Morpheus two years is a long old time. I suppose focussing on recovery can be a big motivator once you have come to terms with the fact that you're gonna be out for a long time.

Morpheus 10:23 Thu Jan 18
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I took two years to recover from a knee injury which prevented me playing football. Was a grim time, going from playing 3 times a week to not being able to get in out and of the shower without help, but there is a lot of pride you can take from throwing yourself into your recovery and being determined to make yourself fitter and stronger than you were before.

Russ of the BML 10:17 Thu Jan 18
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For footballers at the top level I am sure there cushy lifestyles and excess of £50k pw soften the blow of not being able to play.

But I do understand. I am very active and when you have an injury or feel ill there's nothing worse than not being able to do what you normally do.

Without meaning to sound like a twat; have you thought about a hobby? You could use the time to draw, read or even write a book.

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