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On occasion, I like to reminisce back to a time when I was young and seemingly indestructible. A time when my ligaments felt like elastic bands, my joints like well-oiled bearings and my muscles like pliable plastic. I had endured bumps, bruises and scrapes, but nothing that a couple days of rest wouldn’t cure. Then, at age 19, I experienced my first true injury – a torn ACL. From this point on my perception of risk, reward, physical pain and challenge all changed.
Photo by Bruno Long
Since this first injury, I’ve become a professional on the topic. Not from the medical point of view, but from the patient’s perspective. After 6 knee surgeries, an ankle reconstruction, multiple metal plates, concussions, broken bones and a variety of other tweaks and spasms, I feel comfortable speaking on the topic. Each injury has taught me something new, not only about my body and how to best physically recover, but also how to get my head head back in the game. Here are a few things I’ve learned:
Recovering from an injury provides you with opportunity to make more than just a come-back. If you rise to the challenge, it will reveal strengths and weaknesses that you never realised you possessed and inspire you to discover and instil new habits that will benefit your health for the future. As hard as it may be while you’re in the thick of it, try to take a positive outlook on the whole experience.
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By Anna Segal. Anna is former Olympian and professional freestyle skier who makes her home in beautiful Pemberton, BC.