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 Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Claims Made During The Ontario Municipal Elections Serve As A Case Study On Rising Populism

Some candidates are stretching the extent to which south of the border inspiration is used.

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As a political candidate — regardless of where you are on the political spectrum — one thing's for sure: You can believe and support whatever you want, but you shouldn't make up statements that can be easily fact-checked. While most of the electorate will swallow up your platform, pesky undergrads like myself will find it very annoying.

Personal notes aside, this populism has been on the rise in Canada as of late. Even though I have mentioned before that I do find myself on the right of the political spectrum, I certainly do not enjoy a political campaign built on faulty populist statements — regardless of your political affiliation. You may say what the people want to hear, but you will never be able to follow up on it.

Never has this been more apparent than during the municipal elections taking place in Ontario. Largely overlooked due to a controversial last-minute cut of the Toronto City Council and the mayoral candidacy of a rather questionable far-right individual, populism saw a surge in the October elections, with prospective city Councillors making promises even some Prime Ministers can't keep.

And interestingly enough, a lot of that populism worked very well out of the city center — in places where residents are actually willing to listen. In Thornhill, a well-to-do Long Island-esque suburb just north of Toronto, nearly every candidate made far-fetched promises that aren't even remotely within their potential job descriptions to follow up on.

One prospective school board trustee singlehandedly promised to change the sex education curriculuma change even the provincial government can find difficult to make, as well as address a supposed guidance problem in one of the town's high schools. (The latter, by the way, isn't an actual problem according to personal friends attending that school.)

In the same district, a city council candidate took it up a notch. His election campaign was very clear. He would, singlehandedly, cancel a Public-public partnership project to construct a bus rapid way — magically solving traffic chaos — and divert the $150 million for the project in order to extend Toronto's troubled subway north.

As great as these promises sound, the project has been underway for about three years. Its cancellation will not only not save the city any money, but it will add up in deconstruction costs (as well as various contract cancellation fees). The company, Viva, has a 50-year "vision" project underway and signed with the municipality — whereby it will construct nonstop for the next half-century, as well as be allowed to charge the highest fares in the country.

And what about that promised subway for $150 million? Even if one was to ignore the fact that the Toronto Transit Commission itself stated that the troubled Yonge–University line, already at capacity and suffering daily breakdowns, will not be extended until its ancient signals are replaced and a new line is built to ease its congestion.

A kilometer of subway tunnels hovers around the $300 million mark. Or, to the expansion plan's map, in and around $3.5 billion. Those $150 million saved will barely extend the subway past its parking lot still in Toronto.

That potential subway would have ended at Richmond Hill, another district with an equally as unrealistic mayoral candidate. There, one of the candidates promised to fundamentally change the entire system of government — including a new voting system, eased taxes and mayoral term limits. A prime ministerial candidate in this country would not be ashamed to have those on their platform list.

Thankfully (or not), none of the candidates won any of their prospective positions. In fact, they all placed second in rather close races behind their respective incumbents. But that does raise an eyebrow to the average Canadian. Have our politics been reduced to an empty form of loud, promising populism?

And more significantly, when will we have any candidates, incumbent or not, who are at least partly true to their role? I'm referring to those who know what's truly good and feasible for the community, rather than what sounds good on the mic and brings home a plentiful government salary.

All respective campaign sites, by the way, have since been removed by their candidates.

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