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How To Stay Engaged In Your Sport When Injured

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One of these experts is Tina Syer (@tinasyer4), the former President at Positive Coaching Alliance. Syer played Division I field hockey at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and was named an Academic All-America. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.

Engaging with the team when injured can be hard. Here, Syer recommends that injured athletes do everything they can to stay involved and to continue to improve their game, even when they can’t play. She suggests watching game film, studying plays, and contributing vocally to practices and team events.

Injured athletes can also play a significant role during game-time on the sidelines by keeping stats, shooting video, and handing play cards to a coach. It’s tough to not be a fully participating member of a team, but it’s possible to still contribute when injured, and continue to grow as a player.