He not only KNEW where I was coming from...but he also FELT where I was coming from when explaining my journey through Cancer and all it's nuclear fallout that survivors feel.
"When you're patient and you focus on relentlessly pursuing your goal...you become resourceful which spawns renewal and EXCITEMENT!" I said while smiling from ear to ear with the type of smile that I knew something he didnt...but I was privy to watch his bag of life skills fill up. :)
You see, when we get discouraged with the seemingly less challenging workouts to rehab an injury, we start to doubt our progress. We doubt the direction the trainer(s) are taking us. We doubt that we will ever get back to the game we love or the quality of life we had.
What you don't see is the little progress you're making...that you hardly notice...is solidifying a foundation that was once neglected by your prior coaches, trainers and/or whoever was guiding you before the injury with the COOKIE-CUTTER-ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL approach that I see TOO often in team sports!
All the receivers, running backs, linemen, safeties, kickers, etc...are all doing the same thing while not understanding that each have different demands which need to be trained differently.
But I always say, "An injured athlete in rehab is MORE DANGEROUS to the competition than they were before the injury!"
I say that because the athlete in rehab is starting back at the base to create stronger ground to build the house on. They are working on balance, coordination, core mobilization, stability in all planes of motion (transverse, frontal and sagital)...while slowly progressing to more demanding movements without the FREQUENT movement compensations they had prior...which were all corrected with a corrective exercise strategy.
The outcome...control of the body in all planes of motion through FULL acelleration and deceleration, change of direction, healthy range of motion in all joints, energy used by the muscles more efficiently, etc...all while PREVENTING INJURIES! ;)
Sounds GREAT...I KNOW! ;)
If you know an injured athlete...encourage them!
If you're the athlete...be encouraged to know you CAN and WILL bounce back stronger than ever...if you're progressively and systematically pursuing a more POWERFUL you!
Have a blessed day everyone!!