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How To: Return From Injury


Coming back stronger


An injury can often be disheartening for passionate hoopers, putting an abrupt stop to their growth and development. After a while, they may be itching to get back onto the court and into their pre-injury form, but things are not always so straightforward. Be it a minor injury or a major one, the return can often constitute a length grind.


Rehabilitation: This involves a lot of hard work and discipline, more than most people realize. Physiotherapy exercises, for instance, can often be time-consuming and strenuous, and it takes true dedication to complete them faithfully each day. For you to get back to form would require getting back to fitness as well, beyond just working on the fun stuff like ball-handling and shooting drills.


Mentality: The mental side of the game can never be overstated. After some time again, it is tough to have the same confidence in your game and to get back into the groove. As shots start to fall short and moves start to fail, you need to persevere and push through this mental wall. For those who are returning from a serious injury, it may take some time before you are comfortable with full physical contact on the court.


Start slow: With these obstacles, it is important to give yourself some time and space at the start. You have to start slow, but you have to start somewhere as well. It may not be pretty at the initial stages, but trust that hard work and dedication will pay off and that your game will return. However, before pushing yourself both on and off the court, give your body the recovery time it needs, and make sure that you get medically cleared to begin physical activity and contact sports!