How Physical Injuries Can Impact Mental Health

In addition to the physical pain that comes with an injury, the recovery can be emotionally taxing. “There can be clinical depression that sets in, or mood changes—very sad, very uncomfortable, feeling frustrated, maybe feeling angry,” says Lynda Mainwaring, a Toronto-based sports psychologist who has studied the mental impact of physical injuries on dancers. Suffering in silence can exacerbate the challenges of an injury: Not only can it hinder a dancer’s capacity to give their body the care, rest, and rehabilitation it needs, but it also potentially limits their ability to seek mental health support. Read more about how physical injuries can impact mental health here.