“I had arthroscopic surgery for FAI/labral tear six years ago, and it’s been a long, slow road of recovery. I think my rehab program didn’t focus enough on building back strength and mobility before I progressed back to running, so I’ve dealt with a lot of lower body injuries from overcompensation and bad movement patterns since then. I’ve been focusing more on mobility and strength in the last year and feeling better, but this week my hip has suddenly felt worse than it has in years. I’ve been trying to focus on what I can do for it right now and listening to my body, but it’s been a really bad week mentally. I’m hoping this is just a temporary setback, but it’s easy to spiral into anxiety and depression about losing the activities I love and the social aspect of being an athlete. I’d love to hear some advice on how to handle the mental and emotional struggle of a chronic injury!”
This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Calen.
Coping with an unexpected setback is never easy, Carrie acknowledges, especially when it’s just another part of a long, arduous rehab journey. She describes a moment of acceptance that shifted her own perspective on chronic injury, and also offers some advice on social connection and support.
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