25 Quotes To Inspire Injured Athletes

25 Quotes To Inspire Injured Athletes

“Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over”
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Injuries are never fun. And every athlete competing at a high level has had to deal with them at one point or another. Some minor injuries have quick recovery periods of only days or weeks and others could be months or years and may even force an early end to an athlete’s career.

I recently suffered a rib injury and even though I was only out for a short time, I experienced a lot of frustration because of the obstruction to my progress and even anger at the limitations of my own body. Having this injury caused me to reflect on why I am willing to push my body to its limits or maybe even past its limits, why I am willing to hurt, why I am willing to sacrifice my comfort, and whether it’s all worth it.

I also thought about times when I had more long-term injuries. What kept me going? What made me put in the tedious day-to-day work only to come back to the sport less physically fit than I was before? I thought about one of my friends, who worked tirelessly for many months only to be told that she would probably never compete again - and yet -

even having pages ripped from an unfinished chapter in her life, she never lost her passion or her love for the sport.

Injured athletes are inspirational.

They are allowed to be frustrated, they are allowed to be upset. They should be praised for their progress and their perseverance and they should never be torn down or diminished, even if their progress is slow or if they have setbacks. The fact that they are willing to work through that pain and that frustration in hopes of healing their bodies so that they can get back to doing what they love shows their true character and their passion.

Injured athletes are inspirational, but sometimes they need a little inspiration too.

Here’s to the injured athletes.

This one’s for the days you don’t feel like doing your rehab exercises.

This one’s for the days you’d rather be doing anything but the stationary bike.

This one’s for the days you keep measuring yourself against your peak performance.

This one’s for the days when your mental battles are even tougher than your physical battles.

This one’s for the days you’ve stumbled and you wonder if you’ll get back up.

1. No athlete is truly tested until they’ve stared an injury in the face and came out on the other side stronger than ever” - Anonymous

2. “Turn your setbacks into comebacks” - Anonymous

3. “When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is” - Anonymous

4. “The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure” - Nike

5. “Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble” - Benjamin Franklin

6. “Never let a stumble in the road be the end of a journey.” - Anonymous

7. “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I will do what others can’t” - Anonymous

8. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. I comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” - Anonymous

9. “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” -Michael Jordan

10. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up” - Dean Karnazes

11. “Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over” - Anonymous

12. “The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” - Anonymous

13. “Success is built out of faith, an undying passion, and a relentless drive” - Stephen Curry

14. “Remember the guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.” - Anonymous

15. “The hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made.” - Gabby Douglas

16. “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is” - Vince Lombardi

17. “Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle.” - Sanya Richards Ross

18. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” - Matt Biondi

19. “Goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable.” - Michael Phelps

20. “Being challenged is inevitable. Being defeated is optional” - Anonymous

21. “My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength” - Michael Jordan

22. “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started” - Anonymous

23. “The ones who say ‘You can’t’ and ‘You won’t’ are probably the ones scared that you will” - Anonymous

24. “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” - Anonymous

25. “To persevere is important to everybody. Don’t give up. Don’t Give in. There is always an answer to everything.” - Louis Zamperini

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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7 Times You Need To Be Travel Savvy AF If You're Going Overseas

If you were raised in a community with people who look, talk and act like you and you're traveling to a new country for the first time alone, this one's for you.

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If you were raised in a community with people who look, talk and act like you and you're traveling to a new country for the first time alone, this one's for you. You probably don't have that much experience feeling like an outsider. But for some reason, whether you've finally set out to meet some extended family members, scored yourself a work opportunity overseas, or just decided to travel abroad for the first time on your own, you've suddenly found yourself on a plane to someplace new. I recently found myself in a similar predicament. I was selected to participate in a travel journalism internship in Madrid, Spain and for the first time, realized that I would be traveling over 3,000 miles all by my lonesome. No parental unit or guide of any kind to give me any kind of instruction on my journey. But I made it there safely and had the time of my life. Here are some Do's and Don't's, some tips and tricks to help you be safe overseas and make the most of your experience.

1. DON'T be scared. The airport is not a haunted house. 

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They may seem daunting at first, but airports (international ones included) aren't that hard to navigate. A couple days before your flight, go online and search "how to navigate airport". Read through the steps a couple of times and familiarize yourself with where you need to go. Write them down and keep them with you as you venture through the airport to have as a reference point. And of course, don't be afraid to ask staff at the airport if you're ever confused or lost.

2. DO keep your wits about you. Please.

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This all sounds obvious but I can't stress enough...look out for strangers, don't accept packages from people you don't know, keep your things nearby, keep checking the flight boards and stay alert. Kidnapping is more prevalent now than ever, and lost foreigners are a common target. This isn't meant to scare you off, just to keep you aware. If you look as if you know where you're going, chances are, people will leave you be. Make sure you know where you need to go in advance so you don't get lost and end up missing your flight, or worse. Also, be sure to keep your belongings in view at all times. We all know that losing things is no fun. As a part of your carry-on luggage, fanny packs to hold your phone, headphones, charger, passport, boarding pass and directions to your place of residence when you land are extremely helpful. Your belongings are on you at all times and you don't have to dig through a large messy backpack or purse to find anything.

3. DON'T do anything stupid.

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Again, this should be common knowledge but some people just don't get the message.....don't you dare try to sneak that passion fruit-scented lotion in your carry on luggage at the airport. TSA Security will find it. They are all-knowing.

4. When you arrive...DON'T be afraid to be touristy.

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Wear that fanny pack. Brandish that digital camera around your neck with pride and photograph EVERYTHING. Regardless of what's brought you on this journey, (work, family, etc.) you're in a new country. Embrace it. Visit the most well-known landmarks AND the lesser-known hideouts. Chances are, you'll never be here again, so be sure to get as much out of the experience as you can. Many of my friends who have travelled to foreign countries often lament that they didn't make the most of the experience because they spent too much time in their hotel or traveling back and forth between their internship. While I, myself, had downtime from my internship in Madrid, I made sure to embrace every aspect of the culture that I could. I visited as much of the city as possible, was sure to try new food every day and even took an art class. Get outside of the area you're staying in. If possible, plan trips in advance with Google Maps, so you know what means of transportation to use, what time to go and how much the trip will cost overall with transportation, food, museums, etc. included. Don't be afraid to explore. Suspend any disbelief you may have, and be as touristy as you can. But DON'T get mugged.

5. DON'T stare.

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Growing up, we were all taught that it was impolite to stare, right? Well that rule comes in handy now more than ever. Of course you should feel free to take in your surroundings. But if you see natives of the country doing something that is unusual to your culture, such as wearing a unique article of clothing or jewelry that you've never seen before, try not to glare at them. They might mistake this for rudeness and, depending what country you're visiting, they may try to confront you about it. Take in whatever it is you're seeing, but don't make the locals uncomfortable for embracing their own culture. What you may perceive to be "weird" is a daily practice for someone else. If you're really curious and feeling bold, approach the local and ask them in a polite way about what they may be wearing.

6. DO try your hand at mastering the language.

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If you're visiting a country with a language that is different from the one you speak, try to pick up a few words and phrases! While I was visiting Madrid, those skills I picked up many a years ago in AP Spanish came in handy for the first time since graduating high school. Per my last point about embracing culture, language is a key aspect of any country's culture. Let's say you have zero experience speaking the language. You're bound to pick up a few key words and phrases no matter what you do during your time in this new country. If you've taken some courses to learn this language and already know your way around it a little bit, now is an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and your vocabulary. And if you're fluent, obviously you're set and you can show off what a smartypants you are to your friends while ordering at a restaurant or asking for directions. Showoff.

7. DO take pictures, pictures and more pictures.

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Photograph EVERYTHING. Take pictures of everything from the flashiest tourist attractions and landmarks to the hole-in-the-wall restaurant you find at 3am when you find yourself in need of a cheap snack. Take pictures of the sunrises, sunsets, the sunshine, the rain or the snowfall. Take pictures of the plane you're traveling in, the taxi you take on the way to your residence, the apartment you're staying in, the apartment's concierge. Yes, I said the concierge. Take pictures of the people you are traveling with and, most importantly, take pictures of yourself. You'll thank me in a few years, believe me. Years from now or even days after the trip, you'll want to have physical evidence of the memories you made. This will help you show others or remind yourself. Taking pictures on a smartphone is quick and easy, but if you have a digital camera, use that as well as the pictures will be of higher quality. Just make sure not to get mugged ;)

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