You have been training hard and you are at your peak! Your jumps are solid, spins are fast, and every movement you make feels natural. And then BAM, an injury takes you out. Unfortunately in life there are unpredictable injuries. There are countless exercises and percautions that can be taken to avoid getting hurt, but that doesn’t always stop fate from intervening. The injury might not even happen skating, but it can still effect or prevent you from performing in your sport. The discouragement from the set back of an injury is often times the reason why skaters hang up their skates.
There are hardships, set backs, and just plain bad luck in everyone lives. It is incredibly discouraging when you’re skating is going so well to have it interrupted by an injury. Whether it is an injury that takes you away for a week or a year it can take a toll on your mental health. The injury is preventing you from doing what you love and what identifies you. I am a skater, but with an injury that keeps me off the ice what am I?
Some skaters find it easier to quit skating from due to an injury to protect themselves from the pain of trying to get back to the level they were performing at. Some view it as “I wasted all of that time training just to get injured.” The successful skaters view it as “I spent all of that time training and I learned what to do and what not to do. I can come back even stronger this time.”
Some skaters may encounter serious injuries that prevent them from doing everything they once were able to do, but that doesn’t mean they have to give up on skating forever. If you are no longer able to do freestyle, you can still do ice dance, moves in the field, professional shows (you do not need to jump in all of the shows) or coach. The possibilites in skating are endless. Just because you have an injury doesn’t mean the road is closed. You may just need to take a detour or create a new path to follow.
Every injury is just a bump in the road that is a learning experience. An injury is not a reason to quit; it is an excuse. Try not to let the injury be a failure, but instead make it your reason to be stronger. You shouldn’t want someone or something to tell you when to quit something you are passionate about. You are the only one who should decide if you are going to hang up your skates. It may not be easy recovering from an injury, but if you love it there is always a way to have skating in your life.