Another good question from our readers (as always!):
How do you get past that mental block after an injury? I’m back at 100% but I still get scared to get injured again. When will I stopped being scared?
This is a tricky one, because even if you’re as strong as you were before, you may still have mental blocks when snowboarding/skiing in similar situations to your initial injury. For me, I know I was scared of those huge jumps after tearing my ACL on them.
Besides getting back on that horse, there’s one thing that really helps you get past that block. Crashing.
Yeah, that’s right. Crashing again and not getting re-injured will do huge things for your confidence.
Because you’ll realize that you’re strong enough to take the crash. After my ACL reconstruction, I always had that slight bit of fear in my head, even after I was fully re-habbed and hitting big jumps again. This stayed there until I crashed and landed on my previously injured knee.
Having to rely on your previously injured area will show you that your body is back and it can handle the stresses. It does wonders for your confidence and getting past that mental block.
I remember reading a similar story in Todd Richard’s biography, where he suffered a huge injury. It wasn’t until he crash hard on his injury after re-habbing it, that he fully gained back his confidence and stopped doubting himself.
So go out there and snowboard! Don’t go out there and crash on purpose, but do get back on it and don’t shy away from situations that rely on your freshly re-habbed injuries.