It’s well known that exercise can help with your mental wellbeing, but what if you can’t? Pip Cassidy suffered an injury back in preseason last year. We spoke to her about how she deals with being out injured and her top tips for being kind to yourself during rehab!
Any injury is tough to accept when it keeps you from your sport. Even little niggles that keep you from your best play on your mind. When I found out that I’d completely ruptured my ACL and had torn part of my meniscus in the last game of pre-season, I was absolutely gutted – knowing that it would be a long time on the sidelines.
It might sound silly, but dealing with an injury can be a bit like the stages of grief; denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance. And even though I’d say I accept this injury for what it is, I definitely find myself revisiting the anger and sadness – but I think that’s ok.
It’s been a long journey so far and progress has been slow; in part courtesy of Covid closing gyms and stopping physio – there’s only so much you can do without gym equipment! At times it’s difficult to keep positive; it’s hard not being able to join in with my team. And it’s frustrating when I struggle to do things that used to be second nature. But I try to keep myself involved as much as possible, and I’m truly grateful for the support the coaches and the players (past & present) have shown me – and still show me.
There’s good and bad days, and on the bad days I work a little harder to remind myself that it will be worth it in the end – I just have to keep working.
Be honest with yourself and realistic in your expectations; you won’t see improvements overnight, so don’t set yourself up to let yourself down
Don’t be afraid to ask for help; your rehab is your responsibility, but it doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone
Rest is important; days off are good and needed, especially when juggling rehab with work.
It’s ok to be sad/angry/disappointed; tell someone how you’re feeling and talk it out – injuries can affect your mind as much as they do your body