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How to adapt and modify your Sport during a pandemic

Posted on: Apr 21st, 2020 by thephysiomovement | Categories: Sports Medicine & Nutrition

 

Physiotherapist Scott Evans had just signed his 2020 season with Townsville Centrals, pre season was ramping up, and news was received that the 2020 season will be placed on hold with no return date set. How do you navigate the year?

“With all sport being postponed for the indefinite future my plans of beginning my rugby league career at Townsville Centrals have been shattered. This would have been my first year playing league in Townsville for three years, and I was excited. Rugby league is such a big part of my life and it’s weird not having it, but there are always positives and negatives of every situation.

The more I think about it, the more positives I can find in this situation. I have played rugby league every year for the past 15 years, including the past 7 years as a senior first grade player. My small frame has been bashed, cut and belted every season. But for the love of game I keep going back. I have been lucky with injuries however over the past two seasons I have managed injuries (hamstring and hip) to be able to play. They didn’t stop me from playing but I never really had the opportunity to play with my body feeling 100%. With the league season and even training seeming to be a long way away, I now have this opportunity to get myself right. I can do it my way and have the beauty of time. In addition, I now have time, time I have never had for 15 years. No training on weeknights nor weekend commitments. It feels weird but in a way it feels nice. I can spend more time with family and also enjoy other hobbies more like camping and fishing. I can only see this opportunity of time away from sport an avenue for me to refresh physically and mentally.

But time away from rugby is not all roses, there are some down sides. I miss it, I miss seeing my mates regularly, I miss the competitiveness and I miss winning. Having that time set aside on a weekly basis where you go and see your mates and throw the footy around, play a few games, is really good for me. It helps mentally relax, forget about life problems and in some way keeps me focussed. So it is defiantly going to be tough spending time away from the game.

You have to take the good with the bad in every situation. I have taken having the opportunity to play rugby league for granted for the last 15 years, and now I have to adapt. It’s strange! Overall however I’m going to accept this change and use it as an opportunity to better myself and come back to rugby league, whenever that maybe be, healthier, refreshed and fingers crossed a better player.”

 

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