Something that I’ve done a TON lately is communicate with injured athletes. Most of them ruptured achilles, but a few fractured vertebras as well. Obviously it’s these particular injuries because I’ve been through and am going through them both.
There’s on thing that is starting to really sicken me; injured athletes are being treated like ‘dirty little secrets’ Why I ask? Why these injured athletes being made to feel like THEY did some thing wrong? Why are these injured athletes being made to feel like THEY are a black on on their gym? Why are these injured athletes being pushed aside and ignored? Why are they being treated like ‘dirty little secrets’?
Trust me – being injured is a shitty lonely place to be no matter how many people you have around you. I know from personal experience. No one can do or say anything to make it ok. Being hurt sucks! I know I beat the crap out of myself every time I get hurt be it when I broke my back two years ago, my ruptured achilles or even a small nagging knot in my shoulder. I don’t need anyone else to do it for me, I’ve got it mastered beating myself up.
To the injured athletes I’m working with;
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
YOU ARE NOT A BLACK EYE ON YOUR GYM
YOU ARE NOT A LOSER
YOU ARE GOING TO HEAL AND COME BACK STRONGER
Part of sport is injury – part of being an athlete is injury – CrossFit is a sport – CrossFit creates athletes = injuries happen
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440.724.6587 if you’re hurt and feeling alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!