A range of emotions such as anger, shock, depression, etc. may be associated with sustaining an injury. The level of these emotions depends on the degree of the injury and the person's attitude in dealing with the injury. The following are ways to mentally deal with an injury:
- Consider the injury a challenge. Just as you have faced and conquered other challenges in your Taekwondo training, consider an injury as a just another challenge that must be conquered. Determine to deal with the injury and do not let it get you down.
- Accept responsibility and keep a positive attitude. The injury happened, it happen to you, it happened because you were doing something you enjoyed. Stuff happens; deal with it. Take responsibility for your rehabilitation and set goals to achieve throughout the rehabilitation process.
- Research you injury. Ask questions of your doctor or physical therapist about what type of injury you have, how long you can expect to be out of practice and competition, and what activities you still participate in to keep physically and psychologically fit? Research the injury on the internet.
- Use other types of training. Do things to keep yourself mentally alert, practice relaxation and mental imagery techniques, use modified weight training, maintain your flexibility, and participate in other sports that you are able to perform.