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The Benefit of Injuries

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Fred Robinson
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Did you do a double-take on the title of this post?  I know it sounds crazy, but there are benefits to injuries.  Stick with me here...

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Recently, at the National Hard Courts Championships, I pulled a calf muscle and had to retire during my match.  In the scheme of things, this is certainly a minor injury.  Interestingly, though, players came up to me and asked how long the injury would set me back.  It’s like everyone viewed the injury as a negative. I looked at it differently, though.

Injuries are not a set back.  They are part of an overall forward movement.  If you train and compete hard, it’s inevitable that you will face some injuries.  I don’t know a single person that competes in any sport at a high level that hasn’t been injured.  In fact, it’s not whether you get injured, but when and how often. 

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Injuries are your body’s way of telling you that something is breaking down and needs more strengthening, more flexibility, and more of your attention.  They can also be a warning that you need to examine your biomechanics, nutrition, sleep, or a number of other related issues.  The important thing to remember, though, is that they are part of your overall information gathering system. You simply need to be a good student and a good listener to these signals.

I have learned through the years that when we learn to focus on the process, instead of entirely looking at results, we may fall on our face, but we will get right back up and move through it. Consequently, though, when we focus solely on results, we often land on our butts and give up completely.

It’s rather fitting that Move Through It is Body Helix’s tagline, don’t you think? (Like how I worked that in there? 😉.)

Because injuries are part of the overall mental endurance equation, ask yourself these three things:

  1. Am I listening carefully to my body?
  2. Am I thoughtfully making the necessary adjustments and evolving my process?
  3. Am I asking myself how this gives me an advantage by making me mentally stronger?

We can allow our challenges to define us and tear us apart or we can use these crucial moments to re-wire our brain to become our best.  We need challenges, struggles and sometimes even catastrophes to make quantum shifts.  Through these experiences, we feel, we learn, we grow. 

Join me for my next post where I cover the three ways we can rewrite our own story so that we can actually look forward to the inevitable challenges with excitement and anticipation.

Until then.... 

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Fred Robinson
Chairman, Body Helix

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Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson, Chairman of Body Helix, is a 70-time World and U.S. medalist tennis champion. Robinson also is a U.S. National Grand Slam Title holder in singles and doubles and is an eight-time Atlanta Senior Invitational Pro Tournament Singles Champion. He has been ranked No.1 in the United States in senior tennis in both singles and doubles multiple times during his career. In addition, he was recognized as Player of the Year in the Men’s Open in North Carolina and Florida, and is an eight-time undefeated champion in the ITF World Team Competition. During his 30-year career, Robinson has also received many distinctions such as the Slew Hester Player of the Year Award, the National Gil Roberts Sportsmanship Award and the Best Senior Tournament of the Year Award. Robinson founded Body Helix in 2008 when he observed that compression gear designed for muscle and joint pain/injuries had minimal effect, was uncomfortable, and was decades behind the advances of fabric science. This motivated Robinson to search for a material that would do three things better than any other material in the world of compression: stretch, rebound, and stay in place. His passion for creating high-quality, eco-friendly compression products is demonstrated through his continuous efforts in product research, development and design.

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