Trauma is an inescapable human experience. Since each person experiences events differently, based upon personality, sensitivity, past memories, etc., what may be nothing to one can crush another. What complicates matters more is the aging process of the athlete. No matter how well-trained the athlete may be, the body breaks down on a cellular level that may not be apparent until an injury triggers it. That is why what may seem to be a minor injury can be a huge setback for some. Any accident or injury is trauma. Whether you stub a toe, break a bone or get hit by a car, each accident produces a traumatic response that is very unique to the individual. Trauma also includes loss - loss of a lifestyle, a change in routine, feeling neglected, forgotten and lonely. All trauma has varying levels of resistance and acceptence, pain thresholds, tolerance for discomfort, and past memories that we subconsciously carry with us.
Either way, TRAUMA is Too Real Ad Surreal to Manage Alone! To an athlete, trauma is magnified simply because it affects not only their physical ability and lifestyle, but it touches the core of who they are.
Caught in a rush of anxiety and fear, it truly helps to be able to rely on someone who has lived through such an experience and can assist you with tools to overcome the experience, because a trauma takes the ordinary and exaggerates it to paralyzation.
I will be starting a series of supportive information, techniques and methodology that address every aspect of injury, from the physical to the emotional, including the effects on relationships, attitude and spirituality. I begin with a brief description as to what led me to have expertise in this field. I suffered a tragedy that I call a gift, because it changed who I am! And this traumatic accident happen to me at the age of 50, which is a much harder place to heal from. You can view this short video here so you have a better idea of the details of my accident which led to writing this article.
Dealing with fear, feeling abandoned, harassed, judged, inadequate, weak, depressed, hopeless, and sometimes even faithless, it becomes more difficult when physical therapy doesn't identify with the athlete's need for a more aggressive regimine. My next post will be address how to “Being Where You Are At NOW."