Separated Shoulder: Sport Injury Life Lessons

For the last 5 years I’ve somehow managed to sustain, or attract, a significant enough injury that forces me to slow down and reflect. Here’s 3 things I’m learning (and appreciative of) from the latest: being a shoulder separation (ruptured ligaments, dislocated clavicle, torn delt):


  • The human body is amazing. It can be stressed and torn, weather so much, yet still moves towards healing without requiring significant (invasive) intervention.


  • As my body heals I can still work with and around the dysfunctional injury. I’m adapting to slower training movements. It encourages me to focus on exceptional form, proper breathing and a fresh perspective on how to train including new or forgotten fundamental exercises.


  • I’m reminded (again) that patience and acceptance are essential tr. It can be easy to let things slip when things seem at first frustrating, yet I’m really being mindful of a fantastic healthy diet, sleep and meditation.



All 3 of these simple ideas can be applied to broader areas of life:



  • We can always move towards healing, with a positive outcome, no matter how difficult or messy a situation seems. And we’re equipped to do so with internal resources. Yes, we may seek quality input and sound advice, yet we’re already equipped with the capabilities.


  • By getting back to polishing and refining the basics or fundamentals we can elevate and improve any part of life: think about aspects such as real communication, the factors determining quality relationships and quality in business practices. Additionally by innovating and trying something new, which doesn’t have to create complete chaos, we can


  • It’s never what happens that’s important. It’s how you choose to respond. We can wallow, feel frustrated, resign ourselves that life happens to us or we can recognise that our reaction and choices, no matter what, always play a more significant role.



I know I was initially feeling frustrated at this latest injury, albeit I managed to still get out and enjoy the rest of my trip in Europe. My frustration initially being that fitness is an important outlet for me from the mental work I do professionally. After my own research my initial thought was to elect surgery. After discussing the options of surgical or non surgical paths, the only main benefit of surgery was the potential of minimising the slight, aesthetic step deformity of the dislocated clavicle. I’m less concerned with looks or what anyone else think I look like these days. And besides, a few battle scars remind me I’m living. Another lesson right there: challenge your fixed mindset and it’s worth listening to the advice of specialists. (Isn’t that why you seek them out?) Then make a solid decision you’ll back yourself with.


In the week that’s passed since returning to Australia and dealing with the process I’ve found peace and acceptance for sure. I’d even go as far to say positive optimism! My choice during this latest injury is to rewire, again, some habits that will stand me in great stead as I do gradually ramp back up. Besides, I’m in great company with Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Craig and a stack of other active figures coming unstuck the same way!


Thanks to all the specialists (especially Tate, my pro active physio) who are working with me on a proactive, enthusiastic, swift yet safe recovery and rehab plan that allows me to get back to my desired training routines ASAP.




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