Regaining Confidence After Injuries
Injuries can create major psychological challenges for soccer players. Particularly when your trainer has given you the green light and you are ready to get back to playing.
Even after a soccer player recovers fully from an injury, “mental scars” remain for some players. The biggest fear for athletes who return to their sport is the fear of re-injury.
This fear can cause soccer players to play tentatively, safe, and shy away from hard challenges. We all know that trying to avoid injury actually increases the chance of getting hurt again.
The more you worry and doubt your abilities when returning to soccer, the worse you will likely feel. The good news is you have control of what you focus on.
The key is to reframe thoughts that are impacting your performance.
Reframing is about challenging negative beliefs and changing the way we think about your injury. The goal is to think more rationally about your fears in order to reduce emotional impact and help you feel more confident.
The goal is to feel confident when you return to competition.
When we interviewed, Chip Vaughn, defensive back from the Indianapolis colts, he described how he has dealt with multiple injuries. He said that he tries to put any thoughts of his injury out of his mind.
“If you just tell your mind that no, I’m not going to let it stop me, it really just becomes mind over matter, mind over matter. That’s all it is, saying to yourself this doesn’t hurt, I know what my ultimate goal is, and you can’t let anything stop you, and so the pain just kind of evaporates, it doesn’t even hurt.”
To listen to the entire interview with Chip Vaughn on the psychology of injury, become a member of Peaksports Network and access over 600 pages of sport psychology info including articles, e-books, and expert interviews
Here are three ways you can put fear of re-injury aside and play with intensity:
- One way to cope with the fear of reinjury is that you focus on your strengths and capabilities rather than trying to AVOID reinjury. You do this by focusing more on what is important to your performance, such as putting pressure on the defense or possessing the ball.
- You also need to learn how to cut off any doubts before they sabotage your confidence. This requires being able to recognize when you are experiencing doubts and have a strategy to turn it around before the doubts undermine confidence.
- Before a game or practice, you might visualize (or feel) yourself playing effortlessly with no pain, just like you felt prior to your injury.
If you play soccer, injuries can happen. Every athlete who gets injured needs time to heal and be 100% physically, particularly if you have been out for a while.
It is important that you avoid expectations that you will return and be in the same shape you were preinjury right away. Be patient and tell yourself that you will return and play at the same level you did preinjury.
Download our free e-book, “7 Mental Game Challenges that Block Soccer Player’s Success”, and learn how to overcome other mental game barriers soccer players face.
Learn Mental Game Secrets to Soccer Confidence!
Does your confidence seem to disappear when you go from practice to games and don’t know why? Do you get nervous and anxious in big games or when you are under a ton of pressure? Do you get so frustrated when you make a bad pass which causes your confidence to sink?
Check out Soccer Confidence: Mental Toughness Strategies For a Competitive Edge
Learn proven strategies to improve focus, composure and confidence so you can perform at your peak in games!
Players: Get the mental edge by learning how to take control of your confidence, mentally prepare for games and perform with composure under pressure.
Trainers: Learn how to give your students the mental game advantage.
Coaches: Boost your team’s confidence using simple proven mental strategies.
Parents: Help boost your soccer player’s confidence. Don’t let their mind hold them back any longer.
Soccer Confidence: Mental Toughness Strategies For a Competitive Edge
What are soccer confidence customers saying?
“Dr. Cohn, Michelle had the best weekend of soccer she has ever played. She was relaxed, did not get frustrated with herself or teammates, and never once ‘shut down.’ Numerous parents noticed a difference in her composure and attitude. Thanks again for EVERYTHING…Michelle is in a very good place right now!”
~Diana, Michelle’s Mother
Do You Make Any of These ‘Costly’ Mental Game Mistakes?
Download our FREE soccer psychology report and discover if you make any of these ‘costly’ mental game mistakes that can block your success.
- How your soccer mind can be your best or worst asset on the field.
- How frustration and dwelling are your worst enemy.
- If you are using your soccer mindset effectively before games.
- Learn the important mental game of soccer skills you need to master to boost your confidence and performance.
7 ‘Costly’ Mental Game Mistakes That Block Soccer Players’ Success
What are soccer psychology subscribers saying?
“Our son plays academy level soccer. Jaki taught him how to focus on goals for each game and practice and understand that mistakes are necessary to grow as a player, and helped his perfectionism. We saw a noticeable difference within one month with improvement each month thereafter. He was more confident, happy, and was having fun again at soccer.”
~Linda, Ryan’s Mother
Mental Game Coaching for Soccer Players
Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
We look forward to helping you improve your mental toughness!
What are our mental coaching students saying?
“We try and spend 20 to 30 minutes a day working on the mental aspects of the game. My daughter is really enjoying it and feels it has helped and I know it has worked for her mother and I. I think you need to open a branch up here in Detroit, Michigan because there are a lot of parents and kids up here that need this information. Keep up the good work!”
~Scott Burgess, Soccer Parent
Leave a Reply