A significant injury can take a toll not only on someone's physical state but also their mental state. Broken bones, bruises, and other physical afflictions are often met with psychological stress, not only from the pain but from thoughts about what the injury could mean in the long run, particularly if the case of an athlete. Dealing with an injury can be scary, and one's thoughts can go to some dark places during the recovery process. In order to have the best recovery possible, an injured person needs to ensure their mind is in the right shape.
A significant injury can be a frightening experience – both at the time of the initial occurrence and also in the aftermath – especially when there is no certainty about how severe the injuries are. One could have the urge to put on a brave face and act as if nothing is wrong, but if they are suppressing their true feelings, they could be delaying the inevitable and lash out unexpectedly at an inopportune time. Injured individuals should not be afraid of crying or feeling angry. They should be careful about what they do or say, but releasing those emotions makes an enormous difference on the road to recovery.