The second instalment of this topic is based on a much more personal experience than outlined previously, and before I begin I want to make it clear that I am in no way berating people for doing the things that I relate to you here. I myself have been guilty of several examples on a conscious or…
Good post, and a lot of this stuff applies when people have non injury related problems too.I started playing derby not long after surgery, so while I was quite weak I was as well as I get, and I was thrilled to discover I could actually manage to train.. and it made me feel great. Unfortunately my health problems started to flare up again, leading to me having to miss some sessions. To be fair the majority of the people I was skating with at the time were supportive.. but I did get occasional snide remarks and outright accusations of laziness from some unsympathetic people, which makes you worry that you aren’t welcome unless you are 100% healthy and always able to do everything. It also leads to pushing yourself too hard, when you should be listening to your body and taking a break.
Of course you have to make sure your problems don’t mess other people around, so it’s not a good idea to commit to bouts.. but I think as long as people are open with their team/coaches they shouldn’t be excluded or made to feel like they aren’t trying.
Right now I’m in a weird situation, as I transferred to a super amazing league, but then had a real flare up right after clearing fresh meat and have been pretty much house bound.. so I’m well aware that most people in the league have no idea if I’m a total flake, or if I can work hard/commit to anything. I’m really hoping that I’ll get a surgery date soon and make a triumphant return.. which will no doubt include a LOT of hard work.. but right now I have no idea what the future holds… so I just try not to worry about it all too much and just hope for the best.