Here at elevate Health & Performance™ – a fitness and rehab practice, continuing education is an important part of what we do. Research improves our understanding of bio-mechanics. And of how our brains work. This influences how we treat clients. Because we want to keep them at optimal health.
We take pride in our commitment to learn and grow as a team. We always want provide the best fitness and rehab care for you.
Many fitness professionals have an athletic background. As they age and have to be less involved in their sport, many experience challenges.
Our trainers, Liz McKenna and Natali Ruzich, took the stage to dig deep into some limitations within this population. Which has relevance to challenges we all experience as we age, grow and change.
They focused on retiring athlete’s mental health. Athletes – like many of our fitness and rehab clients – often have trouble adapting.
An article in Believe Perform digs into challenges after an athletic career.
The article highlights that high-level athletes often develop depression after they leave the field. They feel a loss of identity. And they often have trouble adapting to “regular life.”
They’re used to a lot. Vigorous training sessions and in-season performance consume them. And athletics has been their entire world for majority of their life span.
Here at our fitness and rehab practice, we see similar reactions from clients. Often when people retire or have to recover from a major illness or surgery.
Base on the article, Liz and Natali propose five techniques to consider when needing to make a life change.
- Reduce your identification with your current role. Whether it’s athlete, parent or professional, broaden your horizons. So, try to align your self-identity to other pursuits.
- Discover other interests and competences beyond sports or your current situation. (For athletes we suggest coaching or mentoring other athletes).
- Get both stress management and time management skills. This helps take the focus off of you.
- Encourage strong relationships beyond your current circle. Our team looks to coaches, family and friends. As well as managers who cared about your sporting success. And anyone who cares about your personal growth. This support helps you keep an open mind and diversifies your experiences.
- If you’re “stuck,” consult with a psychologist. They have the knowledge to help you explore further avenues and adaptation techniques.
It’s hard to admit, but life happens. And adjusting to change is always difficult. Getting more knowledge and support will help to you adapt more easily.
Here at elevate Health & Performance™ we say: Remember to float with the tide and try not to swim against it. As always, we’re here to help. Just contact us.