Sports

How to Deal with Sporting Shocks

After competing in your first triathlon, you may be awash in a raft of emotions. Maybe you were worried about the event, and now you’ve crossed the finish line. Perhaps you started training for the event, and now you’re exhausted after your first race. Or maybe you went out and crushed your event, and you feel elated and accomplished. But, no matter the scenario, once the event is over, you’re probably going to feel exhausted. Your body has just been pushed beyond its capacity, and it’s going to need time to decompress.

Ways to Deal with Sporting Shocks

It can be one of the toughest parts of a sportsperson’s career to deal with an off day, an injury, or a bad game. They’ll know they could have done better, and they likely won’t get to share the glory of their win, and, most importantly, they likely won’t get to do it again for a while. But there is a way to cope with such setbacks.

  • We all play sports at some point in our lives. Some of them make us better, if that’s even possible, while others make us worse. Bad games happen, and there’s no avoiding them if you play long enough. Sometimes the team gets behind, and it’s almost impossible to come back. We get a good lead or tie in the game but keep losing other times. Sometimes we make dumb mistakes, and sometimes the other team makes dumb mistakes. Sometimes the coaching staff makes mistakes, and the players just take advantage of it. Sometimes the person next to us makes dumb mistakes, and we just think they should get taken out for the rest of the game or forever.
  • Sports injuries happen. Athletes get injured while playing sports all the time, and coaches tend to shrug these injuries off as part of the game. Most athletes and coaches aren’t even aware of the most common types of sports injuries, let alone how to prevent them at all. If you want to increase your chances of getting more minor injured, you should educate yourself about the most common sports injuries, what causes them, and how to treat them. A sports injury might be the last thing on your mind when you’re preparing for a big game, but sudden or repetitive stresses can cause pain, swelling, bruising, and other symptoms that could keep you from performing your best. Luckily, you don’t have to let an injury slow you down. Learn how to treat athletic injuries with these simple tips from your physical therapist.
  • At different points in our lives, we all experience moments of stress or tension. A moment of tension can be when we feel anxious about our upcoming exam or feel tense before a game. If left unchecked, this tension can turn into stress. Stress can be anything from feeling nervous before a test to feeling nervous before a game. If left unchecked, stress can turn into anxiety. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease that often occurs before a stressful event. It can negatively impact our performance, as increased tension and stress can cause us to focus more on the negative aspects of a situation and distract us from performing well.

But even if you get shocks in your sport, you should cope with it if you want to be a successful athlete. You can have up and downs in your game, but you should remember that if you don’t make a mistake, you can’t know what it is to be a great player. 

Whether you are a weekend warrior who enjoys playing the sport you love or a professional athlete competing for a coveted roster spot, sporting shocks can be detrimental to your athletic performance.