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How Injured Athletes Can Stay Involved

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TRIA Orthopaedic Center (@TRIAortho) is a comprehensive center for orthopaedic medicine, providing clinical and surgical care, research, and innovative programs, with physicians specializing in sports medicine, acute injury, shoulder, hip, knee, spine, hand and wrist, foot and ankle, and fractures. TRIA’s sports medicine specialists have served as official team physicians for Minnesota’s professional sports teams for over 25 years. For more information, visit www.tria.com.

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Here, Dr. Anne Moore and Dr. Heather Bergeson explain the implications of injured athletes feeling uninvolved and out of contact with their teams. They run the risk of depression, with up to 45% of injured athletes becoming depressed.

Ways to keep injured athletes involved include asking them for help planning practices. Also, there are scenarios where the injured athlete may be able to participate partially. For example, a gymnast may not be able to land on an injured foot, but may still be able to do core work or polish portions for routines that rely on upper body strength.