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Sports injuries

by Janni Schader

Brawa, Indonesia

23. - 31.10.2017

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Sports injuries

After my injury my mom was asking me the other day „ You’re sure you don’t wanna stop doing these extreme sports?“ And I was like „Of course I thought about it, actually so many times. After every injury I was asking myself if this is really worth it? But when I was about one year old and learned to walk and fell I was not telling myself either - Maybe this isn’t for me!“ I don’t blame her that she wants me to stop cause she is the one suffering with me, cheering me up and understanding exactly what I’m thinking. But giving up is not an option for me. If you’re dreaming at night about new tricks, if you’re thinking about a sport to cheer yourself up when you’re sad, if you spend every free minute to do that sport even if it takes a lot of organization and discipline to combine it with your daily life, if the first question to your doc after an accident is „ when will I be able to return to sports?“ then you know that you’re hooked! Sure you can stop and if you really rationally think about it you even should but if something makes you so happy then sometimes you should turn your head off and follow your feelings. It might sound cheese, as much as „no pain, no gain“ or „follow your dreams“ or „never give up“ does but it’s actually true. There are so many athletes in this world and most of them had a lot of injuries but the ones who a really great are the ones who never gave up. They went through it so many times: sport - injury - therapy - recovery - training - sport - injury…. and on and on. But it’s not like you only get injured if you’re doing those sports! Actually most of the accidents happen in daily life - so you would never stop cooking when you burned your hand once right? So why would you stop doing what you love if you failed once or twice? You have to learn from these mistakes, trying to make the best out of your recovery and come back stronger. Let me be frank, it’s also a bit of an addiction. Of course people are shaking their heads when someone like Kevin Pearce wants to snowboard again after he suffered a serious brain injury or Lindsey Vonn doing a competition with a tibia plateau fracture or training with braces. But that’s what makes them so great and probably happy, they don’t wanna miss the feeling what this sport gives them. There are people who are rational enough to say „Ok I’m gonna stop, I just can’t do it or I’m just not good at it“. But if you’re one of those people who got hooked, then get back on that horse and try again. Don’t do the same mistakes again but get better and stronger.

If it would be easy - everyone would do it!