Any prolonged injury can easily lead to feeling demoralised.
- Can’t take part in all the training
- practise hurts
- Can’t take part in competitions
- people talk to you like you are no longer important
Being demoralised can have important consequences, which produce a creeping withdrawal from the sport.
That can have results like:
- Making excuses why you can’t take part in gym sessions
- Making excuses when late for school
- Looking to break up sessions early
What every injured athlete needs are people who keep on giving encouragement. Saying things like
- Keep on trying
- Go to the session
- Stay the whole session
Not being able to take part in competitions and bring home the medals is probably one of the worst things that can happen to a swimmer.
Madison always relished her medals and being shown on social media and in the club pages of Facebook or Twitter. Having photos taken with friends during competitions, photos that express the team spirit and excitement before or after a swim.
It also all depends how determined you are and it helps to research a problem and listen to a sympathetic coach(es) who give exercises that bridge the gap between the injury appearing and treatment being offered.