LORAS COLLEGE- Athletes believe that their hardest challenge is the practice or game right in front of them, until injuries come into play.
All athletes strive to get back to the game they love after facing an injury, but it isn’t always that easy. Mind games play a very crucial role in the rehab process. According to Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Edwards, “Athletes are now going to go back to what they were doing before the knee got hurt.” Athletes believe that they can jump back out onto the field, but that is not always the case. This is where mental strength steps onto the court. Building up a player’s mind is just as crucial as having a player’s body.
Moving past injuries means a lot of time spent in the weight room rebuilding muscles that used to be in great shape. Even if the muscle is all there though, athletes cannot play to their full potential if their mind set is not back in the game. Climbing over the mental block that grows from an injury can be more challenging then any practice ever was.
In the end though, if the rehab process goes well, athletes will be back on the field in no time and making a name for themselves once again.
Allison is a senior at Loras and the Executive Producer of SportsZONE. She is a double major in Media Studies and Creative Writing. She has interned at KCRG and looks to continue her career in broadcasting after graduation.