You’re going to feel good. But no matter how much you rehab you do, you can’t speed up the healing process. I would rather see a guy come back in 14 months and pitch seven, eight or nine more years then come back in 10 months and get hurt again. You cannot mess with mother nature and father time. Nature will heal it if you give it time.

~ Tommy John

The pain game: How athletes deal with injuries

By Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports
Originally Published: December 1, 2010

Three of Canada’s best Olympic athletes – Christine Nesbitt, Heather Moyse and Kelly VanderBeek – suffered major injuries recently. One has returned to competition, one is almost back, and the other still has a ways to go. These are their stories. Click here to read on

Flyers veteran Pronger discusses concussion, depression

By Staff
Originally Published: 7 March 2013

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger addressed the media on Thursday about not only his eye injury but his career-threatening concussion that has kept him sidelined since November 2011.

The 38-year-old told the media that he still suffers from concussion symptoms but is not ready to retire just yet… Click here to read on

Morgan Rielly’s injury only made Leafs prospect stronger

By Michael Traikos, National Post
Originally Published: 6 November 2012

The anniversary has arrived. Morgan Rielly knows that much. He is not giving it much thought because he does not believe in living in the past, but there is no way he has forgotten what happened to him a year ago today, in what was his 17th game of the 2011-12 Western Hockey League season. The memory of it is tattooed on his brain.

That was the night it all went horribly wrong for the Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman. Or did it? Rielly is still trying to figure out if that night a year ago is cause for celebration or remembrance… Click here to read on

Ticats kicker Luca Congi lets his right leg do the talking

By Matthew Scianitti, The National Post
Originally Published: 28 September 2012

Don’t clutter Luca Congi’s mind. He needs full concentration for his job. One thought for one play.

“If you focus 5% on this, and 5% on that, it takes away from what you’re trying to achieve,” he said after Thursday’s walk-through. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker was sitting inside Ivor Wynne Stadium, looking at his field-goal tee, as he spun the perforated square of black plastic between his thumb and forefinger… Click here to read on

It’s been really slow obviously, but I’m not worried about that. I feel like from where I was a couple months ago, things are a lot better. Just being able to skate and stuff was encouraging. Hopefully the next step doesn’t have any hurdles.

~ Sidney Crosby, after experiencing a setback in recovering from a concussion.

Note: This quote is from Crosby suffers concussion setback by James Mirtle (The Globe and Mail, Friday, April 29, 2011)

The more I thought about it, the more cancer seemed like a race to me. Only the destination had changed. They shared grueling physical aspects, as well as a dependence on time, and progress reports every interval, with checkpoints and a slavish reliance on numbers… The idea was oddly restorative; winning my life back would be the biggest victory.

~ Lance Armstrong