EMDR: Helping Athletes
Patients who have suffered from sport traumas or injuries can highly benefit from EMDR (stands for: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). EMDR is a therapy that doesn’t involve the usage of the drugs or hypnosis. One of the best things about it is that it is patient-therapist collaboration (non-invasive).
This is an influential new psychotherapy technique that has been a great success for people who have suffered from various conditions such as panic, anxiety, disturbing memories, sports injuries and traumas, etc. We are all aware that such conditions are difficult and lengthy to treat, which is why Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is considered to be a penetration therapy as it is very simple yet provides lasting relief.
This technique utilizes the natural task of the body and its basis is the REM or the Rapid Eye Movement. Our minds make use of REM while sleeping as it helps in processing daily experiences in our lives that have impacted us emotionally. When there is extreme trauma, the whole process breaks down and then REM sleep doesn’t provide the usual relief that a person gets and when this happens, EMDR comes in the picture.
In order to gain an understanding on how EMDR can be helpful for sports trauma and injuries, it is very important that you understand how it works. For example, when a trauma is acquired through sports, the experience is stored in the brain. When an individual is upset, his brain can’t process the experience because it would on a normal level. Hence, the negative feelings and thoughts get bottled up in the nervous system.
With EMDR, it will first unlock all the negative memories and feelings that got trapped in the nervous system and then, it will help the brain process the experience in a successful way. A professional therapist can do this by guiding the patient to visit the traumatic incident once again. The moment that the eye movement of the patient matches the painful event as well as the body movement, it means that the memory is now in the mind of the patient but the feelings will be re-experienced in a new way.
Through this, EMDR allows the patient to acquire self-knowledge and perspective that will allow him to choose his actions instead of feeling helpless over their re-actions.
EMDR finds the trauma and allows the patient to discover and heal the parallels between the traumatic events and his performance issues in the present and it will then release the negative images and emotions, letting go of trauma and allowing the athlete to perform well again in the sport that he plays.
A lot of athletes have proven that EMDR is exceptionally effective. Since athletes can’t totally avoid sports injuries that can decrease their sports performance and even put their health at risk, they are at ease knowing that EMDR therapy is available for them. It is a great way to recover as it lets go of the negativity that were acquired due to the traumatic events.