Athletes live and die for results, records and recognition. Athletes have a particular long-term goal or endstate, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve the desired objectives. Until the day they sustain an injury, when these goals become suddenly jeopardised.
Being injured means a time of insecurity. A time of watching others achieving records and results. It is the loneliest part of a career. And the hardest part.
But for every athlete, this period can become a decisive moment in his or her career. Since Nietzsche we know, what doesn’t kill, might make you stronger.
Pele won his first world cup right after being seriously injured. Greg LeMond won 2 consecutive Tours de France just after recovering for more than 2 years. Monica Seles, Petr Cech, Rafael Nadal, Sugar Ray Leonard; many of sport’s most famous names have shown that being injured can make the greatest athletes even stronger than before.
They were able to come back because they believed in it. Because they worked hard to recover and to return stronger and better than before. Because they had a team around them, a team that cared for them physically and mentally.
GRIT, Belgian Sports Clinic was founded in 2014 by Johan Bellemans and Maarten Thysen, and supports athletes through their entire career, especially when they need it most. With the right guidance of our specialized team, we make it our mission to guide all athlete towards their desired objectives taken into account their individual passion for a long-term goal.