It can be difficult for the injured athlete to continue to feel connected to the team, to feel the same connection as their healthy teammates. But the job of staying connected is almost entirely up to the injured individual. In practice, the injured athlete needs to show his/ her teammates that s/he is willing to do everything s/he can to physically get better. That means seeking out alternative exercises that s/he can do on the sidelines while teammates are practicing (push-ups, sit-ups, squats, riding an exercise bike, etc.). The injured athlete must always remain 100% focused during practices and games, watching and learning from teammates' successes and failures in drills, scrimmages and games. This focused engagement in team practices and games helps prepare the injured athlete for when s/he is ready to step back onto the field, and it helps teammates know you are with them.