Use POWER Technique to Gracefully Recover From Injury

If you are injured and unable to exercise, recovery can be frustrating. Without exercise, you are also missing one of the best ways to relieve stress. The POWER technique gives you a roadmap to guide your mind and body during this difficult time.

Athlete Chelsea Musante shares this approach, which she says supports a mindset of “opportunity” rather than a mindset of “doom and gloom.” Here are the highlights:

  • Physical therapy: Commit to exercise as you would any serious workout. They may not sound so complicated, but they are just as important.
  • Openness: Be open to new exercises or activities. After knee surgery, Musante took hand balancing lessons at a circus school because she needed something to challenge her brain and body, but not her knee.
  • Wins: Track your progress, including any small “wins,” like being able to do an exercise you couldn’t do before.
  • Emotional Support: Keep in touch with your friends at the gym or someone who helps you keep you in a good mood.
  • Reasons: Musante recommends that you first think about why you are doing this particular sport. “Understanding why you are exercising is the key to cracking your own code to help you reduce the impact of trauma on your psychological well-being.”

Trauma is hard to deal with no matter what, but having a positive attitude really helps. Read more about the POWER technique at the link below.

5 strategies for dealing with trauma: A STRENGTH approach | Place of power and science

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