You felt good when you woke up. You’ve been planning on pulling a new deadlift PR for weeks. Breakfast was two eggs, oatmeal, and a piece of fruit. Your favorite protein shake followed soon after. The gym bag has a belt, straps, and knee sleeves.
There’s no way you can be any more prepared for this lift than you are now. Except it didn’t go as planned. There was a struggle getting the weight over your knees. You started to get light headed. And then boom, you felt a pop. This story is more common than you think. Sports injuries happen to even the most prepared athletes.
Here are a few common worries and what you can expect when they happen.
The Cost of Treatment
One common worry among athletes is the cost of treatment. Will insurance cover it? How much will out-of-pocket expenses be? First, call your insurance company and set up a meeting if necessary. They will be able to give you a better idea of what will and won’t be covered.
As for out-of-pocket expenses, these will vary depending on the extent of your injury and the type of treatment you need. When push comes to shove, you can always get a same-day funding personal loan if your insurance company slacks. It’s also important to remember that the cost of not treating an injury can be much higher. For example, if you don’t rest a sprained ankle, you could end up with a chronic injury that costs more to treat in the long run.
Another common worry is the fear of recovery time. This is especially true for athletes trying to make a comeback after an injury. Most sports injuries will heal with time and proper treatment. The bad news is that there is yet to be a definite answer regarding how long recovery will take. It’s essential to be patient and follow your treatment plan. Trying to rush the process can only make things worse.
The Possibility of Surgery
Some athletes worry that they may need surgery to treat their injuries. While possible, it is usually only the case for more severe problems, such as a torn ACL. If you do need surgery, remember that it’s not the end of the world. Many athletes have successful careers after undergoing surgery. In fact, some come back stronger than ever. The key is to listen to your body and follow your doctor’s orders. Surgery is a serious step, but treating specific injuries is often necessary.
Fear of Never Getting Back to the Same Level
For some athletes, the biggest worry is never being able to return to the same level of play. This is a valid concern, but every injury is different. Some athletes can come back and compete at the same level as before. Others may have to make some adjustments. For example, a runner with a knee injury may have to switch to swimming. No matter what, focus on trying to stay positive and achieve your goals. Hard work and dedication can easily beat out natural talent.
No one likes getting injured. But for athletes, it’s often just part of the game. The key is to be prepared and to know what to expect.
The Bottom Line
Injuries are a part of sports. They can happen to anyone, even the most prepared athletes. Here we’ve outlined some of the most common worries athletes have about injuries and what you can expect when they happen. Keep in mind that every injury is different, so there is no one definitive answer for how long recovery will take or the eventual outcome. Be patient and follow your doctor’s orders to ensure a successful recovery.
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