What To Do When Injured Athletes Want to Play
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In this clip, Dr. Anne Moore and Dr. Heather Bergeson explain how to talk with injured athletes who are eager to return to play. One suggestion: Remind them that pain is their body's way of telling them something is wrong, and that even if they could play through pain or injury, they run the risk of being sidelined longer and probably will not perform as well as they want.
It is important that athletes realize injuries are temporary and that proper, timely treatment will help them return to the sport as soon and as effectively as possible. Most importantly, athletes must be encouraged to be honest about their injuries even when they fear losing playing time.