Mind Games - Page 3
The Time Factor
Attach a realistic time frame to your recovery plan in order to stay motivated and on track for success. While a doctor or physical therapist can determine which physical improvements are possible within a certain period, a sport psychologist helps you maintain a positive mindset and celebrate intermediate achievements along the path to complete recovery.
As a bonus, injury rewards you the gift of extra time to spend with family and friends, on your career, personal growth or new hobbies, often leading to a more balanced and relaxed lifestyle.
Ashley Mosher Naegele, founder of Mindful Sports, uses self discovery to enhance the performance of athletes of all levels. She is a former U.S. national swim-team member and has a Masters in Sport Psychology and Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.
Back in the Running :: Returning to the trails after time off
Having a positive outlook during your layoff will set you up for a success once you’re healed and get you the green light from your physician or physical therapist to resume training.
- To prepare your body for the stress of running again, begin with two weeks of low-impact cross training. During this time, you should be able to walk briskly, bike or swim without pain.
- When you resume running, begin with only 50 percent of your pre-injury mileage at half your usual pace. Or alternate intervals of running for two to five minutes with walking for an equal amount of time.
- Though it’s tempting to ramp up your mileage and pace, do so by no more than 10 percent per week. But avoid increasing mileage, frequency and speed simultaneously. Instead, boost the length of your long run one week, and intensity of shorter runs the following week.