We have all been there. Everything is going well and then bang, you get an injury. An injury is not only physical, it carries a very real mental aspect to it. With an injury it can be frustrating not being apart of the team, not being able to do the things you can normally do, the setback, the lack of endorphins you have become use to having, can all contribute to feelings of depression. Here’s some key tips for when your injured! First of all look at what opportunities can be gained. Can you learn or do something you have been putting off? Now you have the spare time you will be able to make great progress. Make a plan of your path back to full health. Maintaining routine and having a plan will help you stay motivated. Explore what you can do physically. When I fractured my ankle during motocross I would still go the gym and invent all sorts of new ways to train that didn’t involve my leg. Use visualisation. Top level sports teams are now getting players to visual specific tasks or plays as part of training. Good visualisation can improve your skills without actually practicing. Again during my recovery I would visualise myself cornering perfectly over and over again. When I returned to the track after my injury my cornering was the best it had been. The key is to make a plan as soon as possible of your road to recovery. Write it down and stick to it like glue!