What does it take to come back from an injury or an operation? Like the elephant, you need to be able to know you can break the string that holds you.
What Holds You Back?
Not sure if it fable or fact, but the story is that they tie a baby elephant to a stake with a rope that it cannot break at that age. And as it grows and grows, it is still tied with that same small rope, because it does not know it can easily break it.
Early in my hip surgery recovery, I was playing a doubles match and NOT going for balls over the middle. I said to my partner, Bob Wilkie, “I feel like the elephant tied to a stake with a string.” Meaning I had to convince myself that I could make those quick movements and not hurt myself.
Belief is Key
After that, we were playing another doubles match and Bob commented how much better I was moving. And I told him it was half physical and half that I have now “broken the string.” I now believe I can move and won’t re-injure my hip.
What experiences have you had coming back from injury?
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