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Resiliency During Rehabilitation

Resiliency and psychological readiness to return to sport have been identified as factors that significantly influence an athlete’s ability to return to sport after an injury. Resiliency is the ability to cope with injury or setbacks while striving to reach individual goals. Psychological readiness to return to sport is the athlete’s self confidence in the preparation and ability to return to a sport safely.  A lot of times, athletes, medical professionals, and parents focus more on the physical aspect of coming back from an injury but the psychological and emotional aspect of recovery is just as important!

Some ways to develop resiliency during rehabilitation include:

  1. 1. Building strong connections and support with your parents, teammates, coaches, and medical team.
  2. 2. Set reasonable goals and make every day meaningful.
  3. 3. Be proactive. Don’t ignore problems. Address issues by making a plan with your rehab team and get to work.
  4. 4. Understand there will always be challenges and set backs in rehabilitation. Try and remain positive and grow from each one.
  5. 5. Don’t focus on how far you have to go, but on how far you have come!

In addition to being resilient, building physical and emotional confidence is an import aspect of rehabilitation.  In each phase of rehabilitation there are opportunities to build confidence.  Practicing graded exposure to activity by starting with something you can do and gradually making it more challenging is a great way to improve confidence and comfort with activity.

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, we strive to provide a comprehensive model of care addressing the physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of recovery to allow you to get back to doing the things that bring you happiness safely and confidently!

Marc Hunley, PT, DPT


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