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We Are the Sum of All of Our Injuries
Written by Bryce Smith

Life is your sport. Your sport has been a part of your life for as long as you can remember. As you’ve grown, so have your strength, power, speed, endurance, technique, efficiency, and most importantly, your passion. You have given countless hours to your sport; you have busted your butt to become the best you can be in your sport, and a force to be reckoned with. You have been the one your team (family & friends) has been able to depend on in crunch time (when the goin’ gets tough). You flat out love your sport and you enjoy each and every minute of it. It’s who you are and how you define yourself.

But then the unthinkable happens. Life seems to have slowly snuck up on you. However, you keep telling yourself that nothing is wrong and continue to fight through the pain. You say, “I’ve dealt with this kind of thing before.” We have all been here before. Finally we realize that something is truly wrong and we must drag ourselves to a specialist, where he or she confirms that we are injured. The specialist is not certain as to how long it will take to recover from this injury, but firmly explains that unless we take the necessary precautions to rest and fully recover from our injury, then we risk permanent damage. Our first thought is that we can find a way to power through the pain; we all think that we are the exception to every rule. I hate to break it to ya’, but the healing process cannot be sped up. We can provide an adequate environment for optimal healing, but the healing process must run its course.

Let’s face it, being injured sucks. Unfortunately, I cannot sugar coat being injured in pretty words the way I do with other posts. At Invictus, we tell you how it really is and don’t just provide what I like to call “make-you-feel-better-words”. Injuries of all sorts, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or a bit of everything, are tough. The longer you do anything, the more likely it is that you will injure yourself at some point.

It is not your fault – it is simply part of life. Sometimes bad things happen. The psychological pain that comes from being injured is by far the worst. You just want it all to be over with and go back to the way things were. Hoping and wishing do very little while injured, and parents and coaches who are insensitive during the rehab process only enhance frustration. Unfortunately, we are not super heroes (yet, only super heroes in training) and there is no magic pill or magic formula to preventing injury. With technology advancing as rapidly as it is, maybe there will be a magic formula one day, but as of now there is nothing that makes our bodies perfect and bulletproof. You have good days and bad days. One day you may be the ‘king or queen’ and another day you may be the ‘wanna-be-doing-that-but-can’t’. Well, you must come to terms with the fact that you were a member of this big group of monsters who go out and kick butt daily, but now you’ve got an injured “something” and you can’t do the stuff you want to do.

Throughout life, you have formed a sense of identity, found ways to build your self-esteem, and mastered ways to cope with stress in a healthy manner. Now overcoming injury is another tool that you can now add to that list. In life, we are the sum of all our injuries: physical, mental, emotional, everything. How we handle all of them. They add up to . . . us. We must be willing to pull up our big boy briefs or big girl panties, and do what must be done whether we want to or not. We must forget about the way things were, LET GO of the life we planned so as to live the life that is waiting for us. To successfully overcome injury, we must be willing to change our ways. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – change leads to growth. We must have patience and be willing to change. Change your attitude, and you change your world.

There are two major choices we have during the rehab process:

Choice 1: Do what you can with what you have and where you are. Work on becoming a better you. Keep in mind that each day is another chance to change your life. Take advantage of the available resources around you and surround yourself with positive people who make you better. Stay hungry and stay alive. Bide your time until you are off the injured list.

Choice 2: The second choice you have is to have a pity party, give up, feel sorry for yourself, and let your health go out the door. Ask yourself where the second option will get you other than into a deeper hole – that you will eventually have to find a way to crawl out of.

The choice is yours and you write each page in your story. Make each day a miracle and each page in your story one that would make your mom proud. Life is all about self-improvement. Being better than you were the day before.

I will end with a few words of wisdom. As we know, character is defined when no one is watching. Well, what we do while injured tells so much about our character. How we fight back — if we fight back — tells a hell of a lot. Always keep in mind that there are no shortcuts to any place worth going and if we always do things the right way, more times than not, we will be okay. Take the high road, don’t be afraid to be different. Conquer the rehab process and live and learn along the way. Take the time while on the injured list to DO LESS and BE MORE. Read often and become cultured in ways that you never had the time to before. Before you know it, you will be back at it scampering through the road of life and reflecting on your days on the DL (disabled list for those non-sports fans). Don’t let that reflection be full of regret that you wish you would have taken advantage of that time. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Never be in too much of a hurry doing things that you forget to be in the moment. Everything happens for a reason so enjoy everything while it lasts. Remember that setbacks are just set ups for comebacks! Dominate Life!

That’s all folks. Train mean, eat clean, and get lean.

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Kozma György
Kozma György
October 9, 2014 12:29 am

Hello!

First of all, sorry for my bad english but i don’t
speak very well. Im follow to fantastic Invictus Competition
Program from Hungary, that I am forced to cancel because of shoulder
problems. I plan to skip the current six-week cycle. That would be my
question is that after rehabilitation, the current cycle to start, or
the next cycle begin?
Thank you in advance for answer!

Dave Rainville
Dave Rainville
October 8, 2014 12:14 pm

After every paragraph I had my wrist telling me : told ya, I told ya. Will you finally listen ? Tape & straps & competing won’t make me heal. Worth reading.