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Poster: shoe guy
Subject: RE: How to deal with depression caused from injury?***
Yeah I agree. The main thing is keeping yourself busy with SOMETHING. The first priority should be cross training/rehab if your injury will allow it. After that its school, your job, maybe a hobby you haven't tried out yet or lost touch with, going out more, etc.
The main thing though, and I've had multiple stress fractures myself, is to not define your worth through running. Keep in mind that most if not everyone you interact with on a daily basis besides your coach and teammates doesn't really care if you run or not. Be yourself and stop ruminating about what coulda, shoulda, woulda been. You gotta move on. For me I actually consciously spent less time with my team when I was hurt because hanging out with them would make me upset that I was injured and not able to run and do the activities they do/talk about on a daily basis.
It is really individual, some athletes like being around the team when they are hurt for support and to keep in touch with running, while others find that destructive and don't hang around the team as much. The fact that you are upset shows you are a serious runner, which is good. In high school I didn't really care about running as much so it didn't bother me to the same degree it did later. Anyway, I also recommend trying to research your injury and how to prevent it in the future. That way you are using your time productively and can avoid this from happening again. Injuries are part of sports, you sometimes just have to roll with it. Figure out something else that you enjoy doing and let that substitute running for the time being.
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