You’ve heard it before and you may even believe it yourself, “no pain, no gain”. Athletes like runners, triathletes and cyclists often prescribe to the notion that pushing through discomfort is just part of training, yet the truth is that pain can lead us to an injury instead of the finish line. So take head and be aware during your training and in life.
The road-map to recovering from an injury starts first and foremost with identification. Reaching the point of frustration and pain with a running injury looks different for each Athlete. Knowing when your aches and pains need to be seen by a doctor instead of just treated with ice and stretching can be difficult, yet all roads of success must pass through pain.
More often than not, adjustments need to be made in order to lessen the degree of pain and to learn valuable lessons as to why the pain existed in the first place. This is when recovery is essential to getting the Athlete on the path to ultimately healing.
Just like a sports related injury, proper recovery techniques and skills must be applied in order to establish a relief of that pain. On the same note, let’s not fool ourselves by believing that recovery lasts forever. Recovery is defined as an act or process to a return of normal condition. Again, a return to a normal condition, not a forever process.
Ultimately an athlete heals from the condition. Healing is simply defined as growing, getting well through the act of regaining and achieving health. I love the connection and difference between healing and being in recovery as it pertains to illuminating an addiction. Can you imagine being injured and for the next 30 to 40 years being in recovery from that wound? It would keep an athlete from exercising and utilizing their full potential for the fear of being re-injured. Where as healing in a manner that restores the individual to health and brings a closure to that chapter of injury. Indeed, the athlete must always be cautious as to what created the injury, or the relapse in order to not injure themselves in the same manner again. Thus not putting themselves in situations or areas in that the same behavior, action and result would take place.
Being in forever recovery and not seeing the human capacity to heal from adversity, challenges, sickness and injury allows the individual or athlete to limit what they are truly capable of. It eliminates the full potential to produce better outcomes and pathways because it gives us an excuse to not push ourselves passed the terror threshold. That point in time where we’ll need to push past the fear, anxiety and self-doubt in order to achieve that greatness that we are training for.
Athletes, there is a smart way to heal from adversity. There is a time for recovery and there is a point in which healing must take place in order to establish long-term success. Understandably, it is a simple choice in words on how we interpret and view ourselves in relation to our challenges and adversity. Moreover, seeing the value in what you are doing, moving yourself from Addict to Athlete, from being in recovery to healing is what will separate you from the Victim of addiction to an Agent of Sobriety.