Injuries, Comebacks, and Reality


A couple weeks ago, I was doing deadlifts and decided to play some basketball with friends later that day. I woke up the next day and could not move. I was in so much pain that breathing hurt. If you haven’t figured out from earlier posts, I love working out and competing in contact sports. I get a thrill from pushing myself and seeing how far I can go. That often leads me to injury. The injury then affects my mindset pretty harshly.

Yes, the image is melodramatic, but it does reflect how I can feel sometimes (if you don’t know where it’s from, it’s the aftermath of Batman’s defeat at the hands of Bane in Knightfall). My first reaction to injury (not pain, but real injury) is frustration. Why am I not like Bruce Wayne? I don’t have amped healing powers, but surely I can bounce back in a few panels! Oh wait, this is real life. This is going to take time. Damn it…

Every athlete, weekend warrior, soldier, and aspiring hero gets injured.

Stage 2 hits me, melancholy / moping. I get down on myself because I can’t do what I love. I’m not active and I feel like I’m wasting away. What a waste… All my hard work and the gains I’ve made are slipping away. It’s pretty depressing sometimes.

Finally, Stage 3, anger. Why the heck can’t I be a hero? Stop being a baby and suck it up! I hit the gym or go back to the sport and fight through the pain. I’m going to comeback greater than ever like my favorite redemption storylines. It’s going to be epic! And then I reinjure or even exacerbate the injury. The vicious cycle continues until I need to get surgery or medical procedure forcing me to throttle back.

What is the point of this rambling? Just that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten marginally wiser. I try my best tread the fine line between hardcore and stupid. Every athlete, weekend warrior, soldier, and aspiring hero gets injured. Many will carry scars (or scar tissue) as badges of honor. However, I also try to weigh how bad things can in the future. Do I really want to risk not being able to walk without constant pain? Nope. Time to back off. Is this just pain and the price of glory? Yup. Suck it and let’s go. Yea, I’m already back in the gym and hit a couple personal records on the my squat and deadlift. Hope you guys don’t hurt yourselves, but one of my favorite football movies had an awesome quote, “Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.” See you in the gym…

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