15 Nov Resilience-John Worthey 360º Wellbeing-Nov 14
Any Think Is Possible-It helps you achieve your health goals — or recover from an illness or injury — by increasing your personal resilience. Resilience means staying curious, optimistic and motivated even in the face of the toughest challenges.
Goals are at the cornerstone of any successful athlete’s mindset. One of the biggest predictors of success is direction. Without direction or something tangible to work towards you end up relying on chance to decide what happens to you in the competitive realm of professional sport.
During the rehabilitation process after an injury, goal setting can become an incredibly important tool to make sure that the athlete continues to focus on making progress.
One of the problems with having persistent and prolonged injuries is the feeling of helplessness that often accompanies such an injury. It can become a very frustrating experience for the athlete, when returning to full fitness becomes a waiting game. It is often this lack of control over the situation that can leave the individual feeling depressed and disheartened by the unfortunate circumstance.
Arguably goal setting programs should be integrated into all rehabilitation programs. By clearly charting the athlete’s progress, attention is directed towards marked and measurable improvements. As long as the goals are objective measures (clearly knowing when you have reached the goal) then one can continue to numerically chart the progress of the injured athlete.
Here is a list of crude measures that provide a rough example of how goals can be constructed during the rehabilitation process:
A noted increase in the time spent working in the gym over time…..
Goal: Spending an extra 20 minutes in the gym each week.
Effect: A measured increase in muscular strength over time.
Goal: Adding 10kg to lifting exercises that work the injured body part.
Effect: An increase in the number of repetitions on recovery exercises over time.
Goal: An increase of 10 more repetitions on recovery exercises every week.
Effect: An increase in the number of recovery exercises over time, with exercises becoming increasingly demanding.
Goal: The addition of 1 new exercise every week (keeps you focused).
Effect: Increased performance over time.
From these examples one can see the importance of setting goals that are specific and measurable. During injuries it is of no use for the athlete to set vague and unclear goals.
If the goal cannot be measured there is no real way of knowing when the goal has been reached.