During today’s IMPACT Press Pass media call, WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard asked Chris Sabin about the mental strength needed to come back from multiple ACL tears and if he had any advice for NXT’s Tegan Nox, who recently suffered her own third tear.
“I think it’s all about your mental state,” said Sabin. “It’s easy to get down. It’s easy to be unmotivated. Like when I tore my ACL for the third time it was like, ‘Alright. I’m at the longest point before I’m going to wrestle again.’ You got to get your mind in the right spot. You have to remind yourself why you do what you do.
“One of the things I did when I first began the whole “prehab” and surgery process, I went back and watched old wrestling I used to watch on Saturday mornings. The stuff I watched as a kid that made me love wrestling for the first time. I was like, ‘Yeah. OK. That is why I do this.’ Just that feeling you would get when you’re a kid again and you had these dreams and the world was this wide open limitless place where you could accomplish all that.
“You just have to stay motivated. Keep your mind in the right spot, put in the work and listen to your physical therapist and your doctors. Do things the right way and you can come back from it. I truly think anyone can.”