My recovery process from a stress fracture and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) is not a perfect example. Rehabbing an injury requires hard work and a training schedule. You want to be a stronger athlete than you were before. However, when an athlete has compulsive behaviours around training and energy intake, getting the balance between rehab and recovery becomes complex. 

The psychological aspect that often contributes to the athletes low energy availability shouldn't be overlooked. Appreciation that changes in the athletes mindset won't happen straight away, but patience that it eventually will. 

"Cutting out my compulsive junk exercise allows the training that matters to really count. I go into training sessions feeling good, not depleted or tired. These little discoveries are doing wonders in helping shift my mindset and strive for being stronger. I’m not fully there yet, but I’m learning to embrace being stronger, heavier and healthier"  Continue reading the full article here.

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