.....That’s why it’s important to look out for an injured athlete’s mental health as well as their physical health. An injury that takes an athlete out of play for a long period can be traumatizing for someone who has structured their life around sports. If their medical team understands this, they can watch for maladaptive responses and be ready to help patients who are struggling.....
.....The goal of medicine is taking care of the whole person — not just their condition or injury. While mental health issues fall outside of traditional orthopedic training, simply asking a patient how they’re coping from an emotional standpoint can be extremely valuable to their recovery....more
It’s also helpful to normalize the situation for patients and families. Most athletes are not accustomed to showing weakness. If they are sad or upset, many try to fight through their feelings or push them aside. Providers can help change this culture by letting patients know it’s OK if they are struggling emotionally and that there are ways to get help.....
Bethany`s Notes: The whole person needs to be taken into account when working through injuries.
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