Historically sports were all about toughness and being a manly man. You never showed weakness, and if you ever did, it was a sign that you are not cut out for the life of an athlete. The result of years of this mindset is a crazy amount of lifelong injuries that could have easily been prevented. Like any problem in life, if you don't speak about it, the problem only festers and grows worse in the dark. When you dare to speak up about an injury what you are doing is starting to seek solutions early.
Toughness Still Matters
I am not saying that every nick and scratch should cause you to sit out for a week. Being tough is still of value because your team and coaches need to be able to count on you.
Being tough also builds the resilience to endure and fight pains and troubles of life. Life can be hard! Since life is hard, we need to be able to survive the battles it will bring out the way.
Toughness just needs to be redefined. Putting your mental and physical health at risk is not toughness, it is foolish! You only get one body in life, and if you constantly put it on the line, you are going to pay a steep price. The problem is that you don't get the bill until long after you have retired.
Have Your Cake and Eat it Too
The problem many athletes face is that they don't want to seem weak for their coaches. The idea of having to face your coach and look weak is just too much for some athletes to bear. It is much easier to talk to someone else about these problems.
That is where the Kho app comes in. Kho is a community of athletes and healthcare providers there to help you get through your injuries. You can ask any injury question and not have to deal with judgment from your coach or teammates.
You get to have your cake and eat it because you can maintain your tough reputation, while still getting help and making sure that you are taking care of. Evry athlete deserves to have that peace of mind.
The reason that injuries get worse with time is because pain is our body's way of alerting us to an issue. Pain that comes from injury means that something is wrong. When you ignore that alert, the signal just gets louder because the problem is getting worse.
Imagine any time you felt any pain, you got on Kho and just asked the question. The outcome would be much different because the pain would still be minor when you ask. Meaning it would not be a huge problem to deal with.
This is no different than helping someone with an addiction. It is way easier to help someone who had their first drink of alcohol then it is to help someone who has been an alcoholic for 20 years. One is not addicted yet, whereas the other is so early they will not need much help to make a change.
If you feel your knee is a bit unstable, it is easier to fix that rather than tear your ACL and need surgery. One requires a few daily exercises; the other involves a year of rehab, surgery, and braces.
Creating a New Culture
The current culture doesn't say anything about your injury until you are basically in tears every day and even then it still is not the time to ask for help for some. The new culture is one where the second you feel anything you are looking for an injury solution. No doubts about it.
You have to help and create this new culture if sports are going to continue moving forward as a healthy activity for the youth. Just look at what is happening with football! The almighty sports is facing a serious decline because no one wants to die from the sport. The future of the sport is in trouble. There will always be people who play, but as the years go on, there will be less.
If that can happen to football in the USA, that can happen to any sport. The injury culture must change. The culture must be one that understands sports come with injuries. These injuries need to be dealt with and take care of as swiftly as possible.
- 1Be tough at practice but seek answers after it
- 2Face injury issues early
- 3Change the culture of your team
What is the point of all this? You have to take care of yourself because no one cares about your body as much as you do. To be a great athlete, you need to be a bit selfish or else people will use your body for their advances. Your body is of value, but that value decreases with an injury.
The best way to deal with an injury is to deal with it swiftly. Don't wait for problems to fester. You must act swiftly and make sure that you deal with things right away. By changing the culture of just waiting for the worst, you can help make sports safer for everyone.