Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:27

Recruiting Tips: Don't Let Injuries Stop Your Recruiting Process

Written by Jill Hicks
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Many of my clients have asked me what they should do when they are injured and did not get to complete or start their season. Of course, injuries are never part of your plan, but you must remember injuries are a part of sports. College coaches deal with injuries all the time and you should not let this deter you from continuing your college search.

  1. Be honest with college coaches: Coaches never want to be in the dark about injuries

  1. Keep communicating with coaches: Let them know what your rehab details are and what your plan is to stay fit and strong despite the setback.

  1. Its not over: Depending on the injury, view it like a speed bump. Stick with your goals and continue to work hard.

Some of my best college gymnasts were the ones who had an injury and fought to overcome it. They were the ones who often appreciated the sport even more and have a greater desire to succeed. The road to recovery is usually one that teaches you how to keep perspective, work hard and be thankful for all you can do.

No matter where you are in the recruiting process when your injury occurs, continue on with updating video footage and completing the work that needs to be done as if the injury had never occurred. Use the time to get stronger in your conditioning program and your academics. Staying positive is very important and finding the things you can do and not dwelling on what you cant do will help the time to pass more quickly.

Sports do not build character, they reveal it......John Wooden

About Jill Hicks:

Jill Hicks is a former elite gymnast, Division I college athlete, club coach and Division I college gymnastics coach (Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State) and the owner of Jill Hicks Consulting, where she provides recruiting services and choreography for prospective student-athletes and their families. For further information visit: www.jhicksconsulting.com

Editor's Note:  Publication of this article is not an endorsement of any recruiting service.  Always check with the NCAA or your school's compliance officer for any questions regarding recruiting rules, the latest timelines, or other issues.

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