Very Good point of view from TOI, about Sachin. This opened some thing on me.. might be in every individual. Some thing that we should cope up our mind with body. I love to share this on my blog.
Here is the Article from TOI:
Every individual’s body is different and, therefore, training methods have to be different. What Sachin Tendulkar has achieved, most importantly, is that he has succeeded in creating a balance between what his body needs and what he needs to do to keep his cricket going.
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The other thing which is very important from asports medicine point of view is mental toughness. Sachin is mentally very tough. You may be very talented but if you don’t have the mental toughness required at the highest level, it may not work because then there will be occasions when you will easily want to give up, go into depression because of injuries.
Mental toughness has seen Sachin come out of all his injuries – back, shoulder, toe, tennis elbow.Tennis elbow can be very tricky to treat, especially for a batsman who is constantly using his wrist.
Probably that injury was the most difficult for him to overcome. It was the most depressing phase of his career. Anything where the game gets hampered will affect batsman’s proficiency and therefore, I can tell you the injury bothered him the longest.
Thereafter, he has adapted himself well. People used to say Sachin is no longer the same, but he managed to adapt well because he is a great thinker of any game, not just cricket.
He has the gift of, what we call in surgery, sixth sense. Some surgeons have it better than others. Most people thought Sachin wasn’t meant for Twenty20 and he proved all of them wrong.
Another thing is he never ignored his injuries – because ignoring them can lead to bigger threats and force players to underperform. Sachin always knew when to rest his body and that is an area where you can never doubt his commitment. He was never despondent about anything. A negative patient will never give a positive result.
Sachin has always been positive and the results are there for all to see. He has heeded advise coming from professionals, be it me, doctors in his own family (from wife Anjali’s side), the physiotherapists who have been with him. Credit goes to everyone.
One good thing about Sachin is he’s self-disciplined. In many ways, it is comparable to Sunil Gavaskar. Like Sachin, Sunil was also always aware of his abilities and knew what it would take to prolong his career. There would be no late nights, there wouldn’t be parties. Whenever required, they would go on diet control exercise. All these things matter a lot.
I always tell my patients, you have to have body awareness. You must know what exercises are harming you and benefiting you. Sometimes, trainers especially can tend to push you the wrong way and if you are not aware of your body and its limitations, then it can cause injuries.
Sometimes I have heard people say Sachin does not put as much time in the gym as much as he puts on the field. He compensates for lack of gym time by giving it more on the field.
I think there are a couple of reasons for Sachin’s longevity: One, you have to be really blessed to have that kind of longevity. As you know, in any field in life it is the survival of the fittest and for that survival one has to be really blessed.
Secondly, it is not just talent that makes a great individual. You need a body which can cope up with the strain and one has to be aware of your limitations and still excel.
Sometimes you have young athletes who are very talented but they land up with career-threatening injuries. That is why I feel Sachin is blessed in many ways.
He also acknowledges this fact. You’ll see that he is so full of humility. Another thing is self-discipline. You may have everything in the world, including a lot of talent but that won’t last very long. To remain committed and do things with a sense of determination is what eventually matters.
After his debut in 1989, Tendulkar soared like a free bird for a decade before injuries started taking their toll. A timeline of his injuries and how he conquered them…
1999: Back injury in Chennai. This was the first major injury in his career and it came during a second innings masterpiece against old foes Pakistan. The heat and humidity caused him to cramp up, yet he almost won the Test with a brilliant 136. It was after this injury that the problems surfaced. The on-the-rise strokes were cut out. Out went the lofted stroke over mid-wicket as well as the whip over mid-wicket. He missed tours to Sharjah and Nairobi.
2001: Injured his toe on the tour to Zimbabwe and missed a Test for the first time. Didn’t travel to Sri Lanka.
2004-05: Picked up a tennis elbow injury in Amstelveen and missed the Triseries there, theODIs in England and the Champions Trophy in England. Also missed the first two Tests of the 2004 series against Australia. Missed almost five months of cricket.
2006: Injured his shoulder, opted for shoulder surgery in London and missed the ODI series in India against England and the ODI and Test tour of WI.
2007: Hurt his knee in the ODI series against Pakistan and missed the third Test in Bangalore.
2008: Hurt his groin and missed the last two Tests against SA and a good part of the inaugural IPL. After playing seven games, he then chose to miss the Bangla Tri-series and Asia Cup in Pakistan.
2008: Hurt his elbow during the third Test against Sri Lanka and missed the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka. Also missed Irani Trophy against Delhi.
2009: Was hit in the stomach by Iain O’Brien during his knock of 163 not out at Christchurch. He continued batting and aggravated the injury which caused him to miss the fourth and fifth ODIs
2010: Injured the webbing of his right hand during the semifinal of the IPL between MI and RCB.
2011: Semi-retired from ODIs, expressed a desire to play the ODIs in SA as final warm-up for the World Cup. Suffered hamstring injury during the 2nd ODI at Jo’burg to return home.